A pair of conjoined twin girls born to a Jiangxi woman were transferred to a Shanghai hospital yesterday and are awaiting separation surgery.
The twin baby girls joined at the mid-section were born by c-section on March 17 at the Ningdu Hospital of Jiangxi province and were sent to the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai for separation surgery on the evening of March 19.
According to the father of the conjoined twins, 35-year-old Zeng, the twins are the parents’ first children within their eight-year-long marriage.
The distraught father rushes to Shanghai in the evening.
Doctors suggested that the babies be born by c-section as soon as possible as his wife’s blood pressure was a bit too high. The conjoined twins were delivered in just 30 minutes.
As the local hospitals have had no successful experience separating twins, the doctors advised Zeng to transfer the babies to hospitals in Guangzhou or Shanghai for the operation.
“The twin babies will not likely survive if they don’t undergo the separation surgery within four days,” a doctor was quoted as saying.
The conjoined babies were transferred to Shanghai on the late evening of March 19 and will soon undergo surgery.
Last year in July, a pair of 10-month-old twins were successfully separated during a four-hour-long operation in Shanghai.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent & People’s Daily]