Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Separated twins insist on having ‘legs intertwined’ after surgery

ABC News (Au):–   Formerly conjoined twins Nima and Dawa do not like to be far from one another and “bum shuffle” back together when separated, nurses at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital have revealed.

The 15-month-old Bhutanese girls — who shared a liver — were successfully separated on Friday by a team of about 18 medical staff in a six-hour operation.

Surgeon Joe Crameri told a press conference this morning the girls were doing well.

“From my point of view, the good news is there’s actually no news — which I’m sure to reporters is not ideal — but in reality, the girls have followed largely the path that we set out for them,” Dr Crameri said.

“Like any surgical pathway, there have been a few bumps in the road and there are a few bumps we’re still smoothing out … [but] we’re making good progress at the current time.”

Nurse Kellie Smith, who works on Nima and Dawa’s ward, said the twins still longed to be physically close to one another after the separation surgery.

“We did initially try and have them in two beds, but they didn’t like that at all, so they’re in the one bed together and just happy playing with one another, and it’s actually beautiful to see.

“They like their mother close too. They’re always look for mum and she’s never far away.”

PHOTO: Mother Bhumchu Zangmo has been in Melbourne throughout the process.

Managing nurse Megan Collins said the girls were “delightful” to look after.

“They are loving interacting with the nursing staff when they’re blowing bubbles and doing high-fives,” Ms Collins said.

“They love it when they’re watching The Wiggles, they’ll do little dance moves with their hands and what not, so it’s really nice to see them separated but they’re still really happy and wanting to be close to one another.

“Dawa is being a little bit more active at the moment as well and a little bit more cheeky.

“Nima kind of, when people come into the room, she will sometimes cry and kind of tell you to go away but when you warm to her, she will wave at you.

“She’s super cute.”


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