Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London have managed to successfully operate on conjoined twins, Rosie and Ruby Formosa, who were born sharing part of the intestine and were joined at the abdomen.
The twins' mother, Angela, said that they required an emergency operation just a day after they were born on July 27 and are now doing well, describing them as 'smiling bubbly babies'. Angela said that she was shocked and sad when she came to know that her twins were conjoined and added that the doctors had no idea where the twins were joined until they were born.
Pediatric surgeon Professor Agostino Pierro, who led the surgery, said that the twins had to be operated upon immediately as there was a risk of intestinal blockage. "The operation to separate the twins had to be performed as an emergency because of an intestinal blockage. We are delighted with the outcome of the operation. The babies will need further treatment in the future, but we expect that they will both be able to lead happy and normal lives", Professor Pierro said.