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Conjoined Twins in India Find Hope of Separation in the UK

by Shirley Johanna on March 30, 2015 at 6:31 PM
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Conjoined Twins in India Find Hope of Separation in the UK

The conjoined twins Veena and Vani have been inseparable for 12 years since birth. Surgeons from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), UK, have raised hopes of surgically separating the conjoined twins. The surgery will cost nearly 10 crore.

The Telangana government is yet to take a decision on the cost estimation submitted by the UK hospital for separating the twins.


The Telangana government has decided to seek advice from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) experts on the possibility of separating conjoined twins Veena and Vani. The government will forward the report submitted by UK surgeons to AIIMS, New Delhi.

In the report submitted by UK specialists to the State Government, the doctors have claimed that there was an 80 percent chance that the twins could be successfully separated through surgery and lead normal lives.  It would take up to a year for the whole process to be completed as the surgery involves five stages.

Suresh Chanda, Principal Secretary (Health, Medical and Family Welfare), said, "We have received the doctors' report. We will urge AIIMS experts to study the report and give their recommendations. We would like to base our decision on the advice of the clinicians. The twins are very young and they need at least one family member to accompany them to the UK. We will take all these things into consideration after the experts at AIIMS provide an opinion."

Only after the report from AIIMS, the government will decide on the finances to meet the surgery, stay and travel expenses of the conjoined twins.

Source: Medindia

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