A team of Hungarian doctors successfully performed one of a series of operations aimed at separating a pair of Siamese twins conjoined at their skulls and brains in Bangladesh, Hungarian daily Magyar Idők said on Tuesday.
The doctors succeeded at the weekend in separating the veins in the brains of the two-year-old patients, said Hungarian neurosurgeon András Csókay, head of the team. However, he added that complicated operations in which the skulls and the brains will be separated are still ahead.
The paper reported that the young patients are doing well, but such operations carry huge risk: both patients die in nearly 50 percent of separation procedures.
In the operation, team member István Hudák passed catheters into the twins’ femoral veins and into their brains, Csókay told the paper, adding that Hudák was the only doctor in the world capable of performing the unique procedure.
Csókay said he prayed when he had first seen photos of the twins. He said,
God gave me the idea to block the veins by way of catheters to ensure a much better chance of survival,
adding “it is easier to attain the truths of science through prayer and fasting.”
Dr. András Csókay has become renowned in recent months, has caught the attention of many readers, especially in Hungarian press coverage, due to his preparation to separate the Bangladeshi conjoined twins, though he already entered the history of academic medicine long ago with his innovative techniques. Hungary Today had the opportunity to sit down with him for an interview:
“End practice on live patients!” – Interview
Csókay, who returns annually to Nigeria as a missionary, spoke to us about the relationship between faith, science and creativity, the desensitization to death experienced by doctors, as well as the Hungarian healthcare system’s most excruciating illness: gratuity money.
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