It took four operations to separate the 11-month-old infants. They were only given a one-in-10 million chance of surviving!
Doctors are celebrating after separating conjoined twins whose heads were fused together. Ritag and Rital Gaboura shared arteries and nerves making the surgery one of the most complex ever undertaken. The babies underwent four operations over four months before surgeons finally separated them! What a miracle!
With no facilities to treat the girls in their native Sudan and no money to pay for surgery abroad, the twins’ parents reached out to British charity Facing The World — who paid for the family to fly to London, where surgeons at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children started the painstaking separation process.
That meant any drop in blood pressure could leave both girls with brain damage.
The final operation took place in August, and the girls are showing no adverse side effects — prompting the doctors to proclaim it the most successful surgery of its kind ever to be carried out.
Rital and Ritag’s parents are now looking forward to taking their daughters home!
A spokesperson for the couple tells the Mail on Sunday newpspaper, “We are very thankful to be able to look forward to going home with two separate, healthy girls. We are very grateful to all the doctors who volunteered their time and to Facing the World for organizsing all the logistics and for paying for the surgery”
What an amazing story!
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