Surgery to separate conjoined twins risky, Vietnamese doctors say

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It is rather risky to conduct a surgery to separate the conjoined twins who were initially dubbed as "two-headed baby girl," doctors of Ho Chi Minh City-based Children's Hospital 1 told Thanh Nien.

The twins of a 35-year-old woman from the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang were born on October 12 with two heads, two brains, two hearts, two stomachs, two legs, one liver, one vagina and one anus on a body.

The twins have two arms if looked at from the front, but there is another incomplete one behind. 

The 3.5-kilogram newborn was later transferred to the Children's Hospital 1 with a hope that doctors there will find a proper treatment for her.

The doctors told Thanh Nien the case was rare and complicated; therefore it is impossible to conduct a surgery to separate the twins immediately.

Dao Trung Hieu, deputy director of the hospital, told the Tuoi Tre newspaper that he performed surgeries to separate three cases of conjoined twins two years ago, but these cases were less complicated than this case.

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Duc noted that the doctors could save only a twin, which means the weaker twin would be dead after the surgery, if there would be any.

"I think if the condition of the twins remains stable as it is now, we should not conduct any surgery. We should let them live peacefully," he said.

The family of the twins is very poor, according to the Tuoi Tre newspaper. The father of the twin walked out on the mother when she was six months' pregnant.

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