Conjoined Twins Are Freed

Thai twins joined at the heart and liver healthy after surgery separates them
By Olivia Gage,  Newser User
Posted Apr 6, 2007 9:59 AM CDT
In this photo released by Siriraj Hospital, female Thai conjoined twins Panwad Tiyenjai, left, and Pantawan Tiyenjai who are joined at the heart and liver are seen at Siriraj Hospital in September 2006....   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A pair of conjoined twins attached at the liver and the heart are alive and separate after a surgery Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital calls a "world first." The 10-month-old girls' hearts were joined at the atrium, and the blood flow was connected,  but the organs were not dependent on each other.

One twin is in excellent condition, the other will require further surgery to close a hole in the atrium wall.The surgery, in an O.R. crowded with more than 61 doctors, took place in February, but the hospital—with an eye to either privacy or PR—waited to discuss it until the girls were likely to survive.