Surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai tomorrow will perform a hip separation operation on a set of 12-week-old conjoined twins, China News Service reported.
With the help of 3D-printing technology, the hospital will be able to simulate the whole procedure and rebuild the twins’ conjoined parts.
On March 17, the twin girls were born in Ganzhou City and found to have connected hips and one shared anus. When their deformity was detected at a Jiangxi hospital, they were sent to Shanghai for the separation operation.
This is not the first time the hospital has handled this type of case. In the past 15 years, the hospital has already separated six sets of conjoined twins. However, the hip-conjoined twins will be a new challenge.
Conjoined twins are a rare phenomenon, occurring one in every 200,000 births in the world, according to Zheng Shan, vice president of Fudan University. Though the majority of them are connected at the chest and abdomen, about 18 percent of cases see twins connected at the hips.
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By Joyce Ng