Bihar's conjoined twins happy over SC ruling

Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Saba and Farah welcomed the Supreme Court (SC) ruling yesterday that did away with the option of a surgery to separate them and directed the state to grant the family Rs 5,000 per month.

Togetherness: Although the twins — Saba and Farah — have distinct brains and are neurologically and psychologically normal, only one of them has kidneys. File Pic/AFP

“We are very happy and excited, and thank the SC for its decision to rule out the surgical possibility to separate us. The court’s verdict will provide us time to live together, like we have since birth,” said Saba, lying on a bed with Farah, at their Samanpur residence.

The court has directed the state government to ensure that the twins get the best medical attention, and said the Patna district civil surgeon must ensure regular check-ups for the conjoined sisters.

The father of the girls, Shakeel Ahmad, said, “The court order has given us fresh hope.” Ahmad, who runs a small roadside eatery, said only the government could help the family.
American neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson had travelled to India to study the twins. Carson had warned that surgery would be risky, and only one of the girls might survive.

The court on Monday directed a panel of doctors, including those from the AIIMS, to give their opinion on the scope of surgery.                  

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