Sita, Gita separated successfully
Conjoined twins Sita and Gita were successfully separated after a 15-hour-long surgery at Batra Hospital late on Monday night.delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2010 23:51 IST
Conjoined twins Sita and Gita were successfully separated after a 15-hour-long surgery at Batra Hospital late on Monday night.
Both children are out of danger but will under observation in the ICU for seven days.
Born in East Champaran district in Bihar on September 5, 2008, the twins were joined at the hip and shared the urino-genital and intestinal tracts.
The 18-month–old conjoined twins arrived in Delhi from Patna last week for the surgery.
Eight sets of surgical teams, comprising 28 doctors and attendants, were involved in the surgery.
The surgery began at 9 a.m. on Monday with the children being closely monitored for vital functions, such as heart pressure and cardiac changes.
The surgery began with paediatric and plastic surgeons separating the twins by dissection.
The two were shifted to separate operation rooms where the doctors recreated the urino-genital tract for both of them.
“Hip joints had to be recreated. Skin from the lower leg and hips was taken to create flaps to cover the exposed areas and recreate organs,” said Dr Rohit Nayyar, plastic surgeon, Batra Hospital.
The twins were moved to the ICU at 11.30 on Monday night. Physiotherapy will be needed to strengthen their limbs.
Patna-based Dr Ajay Kumar had referred Subhash and Nirmla Mukhia, the parents of the twins, to Batra Hospital.
The twins are alert and active and are being fed through the mouth. The passage of urine is normal. They are scheduled to be discharged in three weeks.
Post-surgery tests showed that there were no neurological problems after the surgery and both will lead normal lives.