A team of 30 doctors operates successfully on 14-month-old conjoined twins; both babies said to be stable.
In the 24th week of her pregnancy, doctors at the Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital in Parel informed Sheetal Zalte that she was carrying conjoined twins, and immediately began counselling her on the implications and the surgery that must be performed to separate them.
In what doctors call an extremely rare birth – one in over five lakh – the twins, Love and Prince also had a common liver, urinary bladder, intestines and fused pelvic bones.
“They had to be operated very carefully as we feared that they may suffer heavy bleeding or their blood pressure may dropp,” said Dr Pradnya Bendre, head of paediatric surgery, Wadia Hospital, who led the team of 30 doctors monitoring the children in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
“The surgery lasted for 12 hours. Giving anesthesia to children is always challenging, as one has to be very accurate with the dose,” she added.
Doctors said the children are now in a stable condition