20February2018

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Twins conjoined since birth separated in Mumbai hospital

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The 16-month-old twins, Love and Prince, were conjoined at the abdomen and hip since birth. Post successful surgery, they are doing fine.

Mumbai’s Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for children has given a new lease of life to conjoined twins by separating them with a twelve hour surgery. Six weeks after the successful surgery, the conjoined twins were ready for discharge.

The 16-month-old twins, Love and Prince, were conjoined at the abdomen and hip since birth. Before surgery, the liver, intestine and urinary bladder were common for the twins.

The hospital informed in a press release that after a year, surgery for bony reconstruction will be required after which they will be ready to go to school.

A spokesperson from the Wadia Hospital said, “Medically they are referred as xiphi-omphalo-ischiopagus, tetrapus conjoined twins. They had gone through uneventful but long postoperative recovery. They were on ventilator for a week and in ICU for 3 weeks.”

The spokesperson added that wound management was an ordeal as the abdomen was kept open, only covered by mesh. They underwent multiple dressings under anesthesia with vacuum dressings, collagen applications and recovered miraculously without any complications. Wounds have almost healed and the family is all set to go home

The doctor explained: "The children now don’t have to share diapers. Rather, they won’t be needing diapers. They have control over urine and stools the way other children of their age can have.”

“Multidisciplinary rehab program has been designed for their follow up to monitor their growth, development, nutrition, liver function, immunisation and exercise regime for lower limbs. One more surgery after a year or so for bony reconstruction (osteotomies) with revision of abdominal closure and they will be ready to literally run to the school,” informed the spokesperson.

Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals, says, “It was quite a challenging case for us but the medical team and the nursing staff took excellent care of the patients and now they are set to go home. We always believe that nothing is impossible in this world if your hard work and efforts are aligned in the correct direction. Babies are now treated with Physiotherapy and will be called for proper follow up with the doctors in future. Yes this is another feather in our cap”.

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