Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Doctors in Switzerland say they have separated
eight-day-old conjoined sisters, believed to be the
youngest babies to be successfully parted.
The twins, born in December, were fused at the
liver and chest.
Swiss media say doctors had originally planned to
separate them when they were several months old
but brought the operation forward when they each
suffered a life-threatening condition.
The operation reportedly carried a 1% chance of
success.
The twins, named Lydia and Maya, were born eight
weeks premature at the Inselspital hospital in Bern,
along with a triplet who was fully separate and
healthy.
The hospital said the twins were "extensively
conjoined on the liver, but had all vital organs".
They weighed just 2.2kg (4lb 14oz) together. One of
the twins had too much blood, and very high blood
pressure, while the other one did not have enough.
A 13-strong medical team took five hours to
separate the girls on 10 December.
"Such small conjoined siblings had never been
successfully separated before," the hospital said.
The head of paediatric surgery, Steffen Berger, paid
tribute to the medical staff, saying: "The perfect
teamwork of physicians and nursing personnel from
various disciplines were the key to success here.
We are very happy that the children and parents are
faring so well now."
The girls underwent further surgery to close their
abdominal walls and are now recovering in a
paediatric intensive care ward.
The hospital says the children are "still very small"
but developing well.
Le Matin Dimanche newspaper said they had put on
weight and begun breastfeeding.

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