A pair of 10-month-old twins will begin breathing independently today after being separated in a four-hour-long operation in Shanghai on Wednesday.
The twin girls Zheng Hanjing and Zheng Hanwei were conjoined at the chest and abdomen and shared a liver and part of a pericardium, China Daily reports. Following the operation, the older sister weighed in around eight kilograms while the other came in around six kilograms.
The twins are currently receiving care in the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center’s intensive care unit. Both had high fevers due to weakened immune systems the first night after the operation, a crucial time for postoperative care, but pulled through.
The hospital arranged a special ICU ward for the twins with a special bed that allows them to face one another as they were prior to the operation.
“Conjoined twins have more emotional and physical connections than other twins. … (With the bed), they can keep staring at each other all the time,” said Xu.
The twins were abandoned at birth and discovered by authorities in August. They arrived in Shanghai on June 19 for surgery, the money for which came from donations.