Doctors separate 10-month-old conjoined boys

Doctors separated 10-month-old conjoined twin boys in a hospital in central India today, a news report said.

Doctors separated 10-month-old conjoined twin boys in a hospital in central India today, a news report said.

The surgery lasted five hours and the baby boys, who were joined at the stomach, were doing well, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Ashok Sharma, head of the surgery department of the Raipur Medical College, as saying.

“All the health parameters are OK. We see a good chance of their survival,” said Sharma, who headed the team of surgeons.

But he said the next 48 hours were critical for the boys.

During the surgery, the liver, pancreas and the sternum (breastbone) of the boys were separated without any complications, Sharma said.

The surgery was done in Raipur, the capital of central Indian state of Chattisgarh.

The babies shared a common liver and pancreas along with some other body parts, but their hearts and urinary organs were separate, PTI quoted MP Pujhari, the hospital deputy superintendent, as saying.

The parents of the boys, Ram and Lakshman, are poor farm labourers in a village in Chhattisgarh state.

PTI said today’s was the fourth surgery of its kind performed in India.

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