Tanzanian Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated

The Saudi medical team successfully separated the two Tanzanian conjoined twins, Hassan and Hussein Omari Saidi, through a complex operation that lasted for 16 hours.

The operation was done under the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince.

Operation Details


On Thursday, an operation to separate the two Tanzanian conjoined twins started at King Abdullah Specialist Children Hospital.

The medical and surgical team for the separation of Siamese twins, led by the General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center Dr. Abdullah Al- Rabeeah, started the operation yesterday, Thursday, the process of separating the Tanzanian Siamese twins, Hassan and Hussein.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah explained that the surgery was expected to last 16 hours. It had 9 stages. 35 consultants and specialists from the departments of anesthesia, pediatric surgery, pediatric urology, plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery participated in the operation, in addition to nursing and technical staff.

A medical evacuation plane took the two-year-old twins from Dar El Salaam, Tanzania, to Saudi Arabia on August 23 where they had to do several medical examinations.


Since its launching in 1990, the Saudi program for the separation of Siamese twins have supervised 133 cases from 24 countries in 33 years. The program successfully separated 58, cases with this one being the 59th. Doing such operations on conjoined twins is part of KS Relief’s humanitarian efforts.


At the end of his statement, Al-Rabeeah thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince for their unwavering support for the separation of Siamese twins Saudi program. This program made Saudi Arabia a pioneer in this field in particular and the health sector in general. He prayed for this operation to be another addition to the program’s wall of achievement.

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