Docs Separate Conjoined Twins in 25-Hour Surgery

Aussie surgeons still unsure if girls will survive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 16, 2009 10:27 PM CST
This image shows 2-year-old Bangladeshi orphan Trishna, who was joined at the head to twin sister Krishna.   (Handout)
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(Newser) – Twin Bangladeshi girls who were joined at the top of their heads and shared blood vessels and brain tissue were successfully separated Tuesday in Australia after 25 hours of delicate surgery, hospital officials said. It is too early to know whether the 2-year-olds, Trishna and Krishna, suffered any brain damage during the marathon operation; they will remain in an induced coma for monitoring for several days after the completion of the surgery.

A team of 16 surgeons and nurses began the work Monday morning on separating the girls, who were brought to Australia as infants by an aid organization. "The teams managed to separate their brains and they are both very well," Royal Children's Hospital chief Leo Donnan told reporters. "Now we have the long task of the reconstructive surgery, which will go on for many hours."