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Hungarian Doctors Successfully Separate Siamese Twins Conjoined at Head

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.08.02.

A team of Hungarian doctors has successfully separated Rabeya and Rokaiya, Siamese twins conjoined at the head, in a 30-hour operation ending on Friday in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Cselekvés a Kiszolgáltatottakért Alapítvány (Foundation for Defenceless People) that organised the operation, told MTI.

The three-year-old Bangladeshi twins are in a stable condition but complications cannot be ruled out, the foundation said.

Photo by András Táborosi/Cselekvés a Kiszolgáltatottakért Alapítvány (Foundation for Defenceless People)

Apart from ensuring a better quality of life for the children, “Operation Freedom”, as the series of operations has been dubbed, is also a trailblazer for new treatment methods, the foundation said.

The first phase, including groundbreaking work to separate the blood flow of the brains, was conducted by a Hungarian team led by István Hudák in Bangladesh in August 2018.

Hungarian Doctors Perform Operation on Siamese Twins in Bangladesh

Preparatory surgery to separate the twins was performed in Hungary on January 25 this year. During the operation led by Dr Gergely Pataki, the tissue expander system was implanted.

Dr Gergely Pataki and Dr András Csókay. Photo by Dr András Ungor/Cselekvés a Kiszolgáltatottakért Alapítvány (Foundation for Defenceless People)

A team of 35 Hungarian doctors and assistants led by led by András Csókay from Budapest’s Honved Hospital carried out the final procedure in Dhaka.

Photo by Miklós Bemer/Cselekvés a Kiszolgáltatottakért Alapítvány (Foundation for Defenceless People)

You can learn more about the long process and help people in need visiting the foundation’s site.

In the featured photo: Dr Gergely Pataki and Dr András Csókay with the twins, Rabeya and Rokaiya, prior to the operations. Featured photo by Cselekvés a Kiszolgáltatottakért Alapítvány