UK doctors offer to separate Indian twins

Doctors put the success rate of the surgery at 80 per cent

Hyderabad: A new ray of hope emerged on Saturday for 11-year-old twins born with the tops of their heads joined together as a team of leading surgeons from the UK came forward to perform surgery and sounded optimistic about separating them successfully.

The “Craniopagus Conjoint” twins — Veena and Vani — appeared hale and hearty as they were presented before the media after two British surgeons met them and examined their medical history and described the case as “incredibly rare”. Dr David Dunaway, a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and head of Carniofacial unit at London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), said there seems to be a good possibility to separate the twins.

Noor-ul-Owase Jeelani, a consultant paediatric neurosurgeon, who has worked at GOSH part time since 2000 and full time since 2009, added, “...we feel that there is a goodchance of getting good result.” “If you ask me to guess (on success of the surgery), it’s greater than 80 per cent,” Jeelani said, adding, they have successfully performed two such surgeries in the past. He proposed to perform surgery on the two in London as the hospital (GOSH) has handled such cases before.

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