As the case of conjoined twins born at Sion Hospital has become a medical challenge for the doctors, a four-member special committee will take a call on the separation surgery of the babies on Monday.
Talking to HT, doctors said the surgery can help only one baby survive. Due to the inability of MRI and CT scan technologies to study the internal structure of the twins, Sion Hospital will conduct a 3D mapping of the internal organs on Monday.
Born to a 26-year-old woman from Sion on Wednesday, the twins, who weigh around 4kg, share kidneys and the pelvis. They have a pair of legs and three hands, with one common hand fused together.
They have separate heads and partially common lungs. However, they are completely fused below the abdomen
“As per our knowledge of the internal structure of the twins, it has a liver and a heart with two aortas. The right twin has two lungs and the left one has one underdeveloped lung. The structure of urinary bladder isn’t clear,” said one of the doctors, who are looking into the case.
The most intractable issue the doctors are facing is the ambiguity on the co-relation between the brain nerves and organs.
“The babies require undergoing a specific surgery, which was done only at Jaslok Hospital. But looking at the condition of the twins, they are in no condition to be transported,” said the doctor.
Doctors had said conjoined twins are extremely rare, with one in two lakh cases across the world; their survival rate ranges between 5% and 25%.
“In such a case, separating them is not an option. One of the babies may die,” YS Nandanwar, head of gynaecology department, LTMG Hospital, had said.
The mother of the conjoined twins, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, had undergone a psychological evaluation.