Twins Riddhi and Siddhi, who were once conjoined and underwent a separation surgery at Mumbai’s BJ Wadia Hospital in June 2014, celebrated their fourth birthday in the hospital today.
Born in April 2013, the girls were joined at the abdomen in a manner that they formed a ‘plus’ sign.
They were brought to the hospital by social workers as the family was not keen on getting them treated.
They first underwent a life-saving procedure to separate rectal opening for passing stool.
In June 2014, they underwent a separation surgery. Since then, they have been living in the hospital. They started attending playschool last year.
For them all nurses are their “mumma”. “They have learned to write a few alphabets,” said Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, chief executive officer, BJ Wadia Hospital.
“I take them to school, make them have their meals, put them to sleep,” said a help from the hospital, who lives with them.
The hospital organised a magic show for the twins and 50 other children who live in the hospital. The staff, too, joined in the celebrations. “They are like our daughters now. We play with them after duty,” said a nurse.
Although their parents haven’t visited them in the past three years, Dr Bodhanwala said they call the nurses every few months to inquire about their daughters.
The couple, Shalu and Arun Pawar, live in Raigad district and have five other children – three girls and two boys.