Conjoined twin dies after surgery in southern Vietnam

By Nguyen Mi, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Hoang Phi Long and Nguyen Hoang Phi Phung before the separation operation on November 26, 2013
One of two conjoined twins that shared a chest, a belly and internal organs died in Ho Chi Minh City Sunday after a separation operation.
Nguyen Hoang Phi Phung died after three months of intensive treatment following a surgery to separate him from his sibling Nguyen Hoang Phi Long.
Long and Phung, hailing from the south-central province of Ninh Thuan, were born on September 25, 2012, with a conjoined chest, belly, heart and liver in a complicated manner.
They underwent 14 months of intensive care before the surgery to separate them.
The 12-hour surgery took place at the HCMC Children’s Hospital 2 on November 26 last year with the participation of 70 doctors from the three hospitals in HCMC.
Before the surgery, many experts were afraid that Phung would not make it as he had complications like a brain hemorrhage at birth and pneumonia.
However, he and Long survived the surgery.
While Long recovered quickly, Phung had been on a breathing machine ever since.
He suffered from severe heart and lung problems and a crooked spinal column, doctors said.
Nguyen Thanh Phien, the father of the twins, said Long is now able to sit and talk a little bit.
He will be discharged from hospital in the next few days.

The Farewell Kiss: Nguyen Hoang Phi Long kisses his twin brother Nguyen Hoang Phi Phung during their last meeting on Jan. 29, 2014. 


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