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Ho Chi Minh City doctors successfully separate twin girls with conjoined livers

Ho Chi Minh City doctors successfully separate twin girls with conjoined livers

Thursday, October 03, 2019, 15:05 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City doctors successfully separate twin girls with conjoined livers
The conjoined twin girls before their separation surgery at Children’s Hospital 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Children’s Hospital 1

Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City have successfully carried out a surgery to separate two twin baby girls with conjoined livers.

A team of 18 medical practitioners at Children’s Hospital 1 in District 10 completed the four-hour long operation on Wednesday, according to Dao Trung Hieu, deputy director of the infirmary.

The twins, from the central province of Quang Nam, were born with their left livers conjoined at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City in August.

The twins’ condition was first discovered when doctors performed an ultrasound on the mother during pregnancy.

Following their birth, the baby girls were transferred to Children’s Hospital 1 for care and monitoring.

The baby girls are put under care following their surgery on October 2, 2019. Photo: Children’s Hospital 1

The baby girls are put under care following their surgery on October 2, 2019. Photo: Children’s Hospital 1

The surgery was conducted when they reached one and a half months old and weighed 7.9 kilograms.

According to Dr. Hieu, there were a lot of challenges during the surgical procedure as newborns’ livers are very fragile and the babies’ vascular systems had to be carefully controlled. 

If the livers had been damaged, it would have been extremely difficult to stop the bleeding, he elaborated.

Covering up the surgical wounds following the separation was also a tough task, he added.

The twins are now in stable conditions and no longer require support from a ventilator.

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