HCMC hospital finds it hard to separate conjoined twins

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Doctors at Ho Chi Minh City Children's Hospital 2 said it was unlikely they would be able to separate a pair of conjoined twins from the south central province of Ninh Thuan because the case was too complicated, newswire VnExpress reported Tuesday.


The boys, who were born at Ninh Thuan General Hospital on September 25, was transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City Children's Hospital 2 immediately after birth.


According to their family, the boys were born prematurely. They weighed a combined 3.6 kilograms at birth.


They have two genitals and separate arms and legs. They are attached to each other at the belly and chest.


Test results showed the boys' livers and hearts were conjoined in a complicated way, doctors said.


The twins are currently supported by a breathing machine as they are currently suffering from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia.


Dr Truong Quang Dinh, deputy director of the hospital, said doctors consulted and agreed it would be very difficult to separate the twins.


The boys must be treated for pneumonia before any surgery is planned, he said.


Last month, the hospital received another pair of complicated conjoined twins with separate heads, arms, legs and vaginas while sharing a liver, a chest and part of their abdomen.



The baby girls were delivered via a C-section surgery at Tu Du Hospital on August 11.


The HCMC Children's Hospital 2 will perform a surgery to separate the girls when they reach the weight of 10 kilograms. They now weigh 6.5 kilograms.

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