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Who will pay for surgery?

MOHAMMAD SHAKEEL Ahmad is desperate for a miracle. His 10-year-old conjoined twins are in dire need of an operation to separate them and the benefactor funding it has washed his hands off the affair.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 15:31 IST

MOHAMMAD SHAKEEL Ahmad is desperate for a miracle. His 10-year-old conjoined twins are in dire need of an operation to separate them and the benefactor funding it has washed his hands off the affair.

The twins, Farah and Saba Shakeel, are joined at the head. Late last year, a prominent personality from a Middle East country had approached Shakeel through his embassy to finance their separation, if he agreed.

Since it was Ramzan then, Shakeel said he would give his assent after the fasting period. As luck would have it, soon after the Patna Municipal Corporation demolished his dhaba (eatery) that was encroaching the Bakhri Bazaar.

With his family of nine's source of gone, even the embassy stopped answering his calls about the operation. The separation of Farah and Saba is expected to cost US $ 1 million. Tests at the Delhi's Apollo hospital showed that the twins require a complicated surgery as they share an artery to their hearts and another vessel that drains blood in the brain. Moreover, Farah has two kidneys while Saba has none and will need a transplant.

Since returning from Delhi, Saba has not only lost her appetite, but has shooting pains in her right hand, while Farah's legs are not in good shape.

Dr Benjamin Carson of Johns Hopkins Children Centre in Baltimore was to have carried out the surgery had Shakeel given his permission.

He is ready now, but the saviour he was banking on seems to be having second thoughts.