8-day-old conjoined twins successfully separated at Swiss hospital

Lydia and Maya are the youngest ever conjoined twins to be successfully separated!

Doctors in Switzerland have separated eight-day-old conjoined twins, believed to be the youngest babies to be successfully parted. The twins, born in December, were fused at the liver and chest.

It was reported that doctors had originally planned to separate them when they were several months old but brought the operation forward when they each suffered a life-threatening condition. The operation only had a 1% chance.

The twins, named Lydia and Maya, were born eight weeks premature at the Inselspital hospital in Bern, along with a triplet who was fully separate and healthy. The twins were extensively conjoined on the liver, but had all vital organs.

They weighed just 2.2kg (4lb 14oz) together. One of the twins had too much blood, and very high blood pressure, while the other one did not have enough.

A miracle

A 13-strong medical team took five hours to separate the girls on 10 December. The hospital said that separating such small conjoined twins had never been successfully separated before.

The head of paediatric surgery, Steffen Berger, paid tribute to the medical staff, saying: "The perfect teamwork of physicians and nursing personnel from various disciplines were the key to success here. We are very happy that the children and parents are faring so well now."

Alive and well

The girls underwent further surgery to close their abdominal walls and are now recovering in a paediatric intensive care ward.

The hospital says the children are "still very small" but developing well. Currently, they have put on weight and have begun breastfeeding.

News Source: BBC

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