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All eyes on God as twin babies undergo surgery in Raipur

Parents of 10-month-old twins in Madhya Pradesh are praying to God for some miracle as their kids undergo a difficult surgery to get separated today at a hospital here.

By Ajay Sharma

Raipur, May 29 : Parents of 10-month-old twins in Madhya Pradesh are praying to God for some miracle as their kids undergo a difficult surgery to get separated today at a hospital here.

According to Amin Menon, a pediatric surgeon, who will be assisting in the surgery said, "the twins are joined to each other from the chest to the stomach. One's liver is joined to the other's pericardium. That is what needs to be separated."

Ram and Laxman, the twin baby-boys, are joined at the stomach and share a common liver. They have been under doctors' supervision at the Ambedkar Hospital here since their birth.

According to Premvati Kole, the babies' mother, taking care of the twins is a Herculean task.

"The children have faced a lot of problems in feeding, bathing etc...because of the fact that they are joined to each other," Kole said.

Thought the surgery appears difficult, the doctors operating them are optimistic about the surgery. They hope the two baby boys will be able to lead healthy lives post surgery.

"The biggest problem is anesthesia. But we have executed everything... we have been preparing the children for this operation for the last ten months. We can't anticipate any problem at this point but cannot say anything about some unforeseen thing. But we are keeping our fingers crossed and doing our best," said Dr A. K. Sharma, the Head of Surgery at the hospital.

The surgery is complicated and experts say chances of survival are less than 30 percent in most cases.

In 2003, a Singapore hospital had conducted a operation to separate 29-year-old Iranian conjoined twins, Ladan and Laleh Bijani, who were joined at the head. The sisters though successfully separated but died 90 minutes apart from massive blood loss.

Conjoined twins take birth roughly once in every 50,000 births and few are born alive or live long.

ANI

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