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Conjoined twins to be separated today

Doctors would conduct a rare surgical operation in Raipur to separate ten-month-old conjoined twins.

india Updated: May 29, 2007 13:34 IST

Doctors would conduct a rare surgical operation in Raipur to separate ten-month-old conjoined twins on Tuesday.

"It is a challenge before us to separate the ten-month-old conjoined twins Ram and Lakshman and we have accepted it to remove the rare anomaly," Deputy Superintendent of the Raipur Medical College Hospital, Dr M P Pujhari told PTI in Raipur on tuesday.

"It is a risky thing but Lord's blessings are there," said Pujhari, adding a team of doctors, including five senior physicians and three anaesthetists, led by Head of the Department of Surgery, Prof Ashok Sharma, would operate upon the Saimese twins later in the day.

Both the babies share common liver and pancreas along with some other portions of the body, but fortunately their heart and urinary organs are separate, the senior doctor said.

"Since the bodies of the twin are joined, the doctors are facing problems in administering anaesthesia keeping in mind that some of their organs function in a combined manner," Pujhari added.