By Dhai Al-Mutairi
A group of Saudi surgeons on Thursday separated Syrian conjoined twins throughout a seven-hour operation carried out on the King Abdullah Specialist Kids’s Hospital in Riyadh.
Bassam and Ihsan, who’re 32 months previous and weigh round 19 kilograms, have been stated to be in a steady situation following the difficult surgical process.
The twins shared decrease chest, stomach, liver, and intestines, with Ihsan being the extra dominant and Bassam lacking urinary and reproductive techniques together with kidney, ureter, bladder, and male reproductive organs.
Separation surgical procedure occurred in 5 phases and concerned a 26-member medical group comprised of marketing consultant, specialists, technical, nursing, and help employees.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adviser on the Royal Court docket and basic supervisor of the Saudi support company KSrelief, led the operation undertaken on the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The surgical procedure was made all of the extra complicated attributable to Ihsan having main congenital coronary heart defects and cerebral improvement atrophy, lowering his possibilities of survival. Al-Rabeeah identified that to avoid wasting Bassam’s life, the medical group determined to carry out the operation to separate the twins.
He stated: “The existence of conjoined organs which can be vital and delicate makes a twin separation operation troublesome, in addition to the existence of congenital defects in some organs, reminiscent of the guts, urinary system, or the reproductive system and, at instances, within the mind, makes the operation complicated.
“Subsequently, the issue lies in how the twins are conjoined, and to what diploma precisely, and congenital defect typically makes the operation complicated, carried out in particular medical facilities on this planet.”
After the process, the twins have been transferred to a kids’s intensive care unit the place they may stay below supervision.
The kids’s mother and father thanked the king, crown prince, and medical group for his or her help.
Mahmud Salih, their father, stated: “We communicated with the Saudi support company, they usually obtained again to us, all due to them. All procedures have been performed in the absolute best method, from the beginning till we arrived right here.
“It was a important case, and the separation operation was required. All reward to Allah. The benefactors related with us, and we have been eased by King Abdullah hospital, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, and the superb medical employees.”
The surgical procedure was the 58th operation to separate conjoined twins carried out below a Saudi program which has supervised 130 instances from 23 international locations since 1990.
Majd Nafea, a nurse and member of the 26-strong multidisciplinary group, began engaged on the specialist operations in 2019.
She stated: “The primary operation I labored in was typically troublesome for me, as I had by no means witnessed a twin separation operation. However after that, and with every operation, it has develop into a bit simpler.”
Al-Rabeeah stated: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has invested in its cadres, its residents, and everybody has obtained a distinguished training in essentially the most prestigious universities on this planet.
“Now they’re returning to show that Saudi cadres are consultant of the Kingdom, and one such instance is the Saudi program for the separation of conjoined twins.”
The twins and their mother and father have been flown from the Turkish capital Ankara to Saudi Arabia on Might 22.
“It has been a month since we arrived, and there’s no higher welcome than the one we obtained. Might Allah reward them 1,000 instances, and bless them,” Salih added.