Conjoined twins separated successfully in Paris

5th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

The eight-month-old boys joined at the throat and the stomach were separated after a six-hour operation.

PARIS – Conjoined eight-month-old twin boys joined at the throat and the stomach were successfully separated Wednesday in Paris, hospital officials said Thursday.

The brothers, named Imahaga and Imahalatsa, were in good health after the six-hour operation, led by surgeon Yann Revillon at the Necker Hospital for children.

The 20-strong team included six surgeons and four anaesthesiologists. In 2001 Revillon also separated conjoined girls from Britain, the statement noted.

Ninety percent of conjoined twins are girls. The condition is rare, occurring in approximately one in 100,000 live births.

It occurs when the single egg from which identical twins develop fails to divide properly after conception.

Most cases occur in women aged 25 to 40 years old. The survival rate is between five and 25 percent.

[AFP / Expatica]

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