Vietnam hospital considers surgery to separate conjoined twins

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Ho Chi Minh City Children's Hospital 2 said Wednesday it is still considering whether or not to perform surgery to separate  complicated conjoined twins admitted to the hospital two weeks ago.

Nguyen Thi Loan, 23, of Ha Tinh Province gave birth to the baby girls via a C-section surgery at Tu Du Hospital on August 11.

The twins, weighing a combined 3.4 kilograms, were reported to be in good health. They have separate heads, arms, legs and vaginas but share a liver, a chest and part of the abdomen.

After the C-section surgery, the twins were transferred to HCMC Children's Hospital 2 where doctors conducted some tests.

Dr Truong Quang Dinh, deputy director of the hospital, said the case is rather rare and complicated so doctors are discussing the issue thoroughly before making a decision.

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"A possible surgery to separate the conjoined twins will be conducted only when the twins turn four to six weeks old, or later" he said.

The twins' family is poor and the hospital will call on philanthropists to donate money to cover the cost of the surgery, according to Dinh.

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