A team of doctors succeeded in separating a Yemeni baby girl from her “parasitic” twin, through delicate surgery performed on her at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh.
With this operation, which was carried out in the implementation of the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia has 50 successful separation operations for conjoined twins.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that Aisha Ahmed Saeed is from Al-Mahra Governorate in Yemen, while a photo published by the agency showed the girl’s father kissing the head of the medical team.
Aisha was born full-grown but had a pelvis and extra paired and parasitic lower limbs.
The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action said that the separation process took 7 hours and 45 minutes, and a medical team of 25 people participated in it.
The team leader, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah, explained that “the surgery went very well. The coordination between the team members was excellent.”
He added, “We managed to wake the girl with her eyes open. She even interacted with her mother when she came out of the operating room.”
The doctor continued, “We are happy. We celebrate our success for the fiftieth time and we will continue to help those in need.”
Parasitic twins occur when a twin fetus begins to develop in the mother, but eventually does not complete its development and does not separate from its twin.