Team of 100 doctors successfully divorced joined 13-month-old twin girls – called Little Magic and Little Bamboo Tree – after a difficult 12-hour operation in Vietnam
- Trick Nhi (Little Bamboo Tree) and Dieu Nhi (Little Magic) were fused to the hip
- Babies did well after a team of 100 doctors worked 12 hours to separate them
- The girls were given a caesarean section in June 2019 after 33 weeks
- Since then, a core team of nine doctors has planned divorce surgery
Merged 13-month-old twin girls fused together in the hip have been successfully separated by doctors in Vietnam.
Trick Nhi (Little Bamboo Tree) and Dieu Nhi (Little Magic) do well after a team of 100 medics worked 12 hours to separate them at City Children’s Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
Over the next three months, doctors will help the babies grow their digestive and urinary tracts and close their individual pelvis.
Siamese one-year-old twin girls fused together in the hip (photo) have been successfully separated by doctors in Vietnam
The baby girls, Truc Nhi (Little Bamboo Tree) and Dieu Nhi (Little Magic) are doing well after a team of 100 medics worked 12 hours (photo) to separate them
The girls gave birth 33 weeks after a cesarean delivery after the doctors realized they had joined the pelvis.
The babies – who shared an umbilical cord – were severely malnourished and needed 24-hour care after birth.
Hospital director Truong Quang Dinh: ‘So far this can be considered a successful operation and this is the first successful step.
In the next three months, doctors should help the babies (pictured before their surgery) grow their digestive and urinary systems and close their individual pelvis
“The recovery process will be difficult and more challenging for the hospital.
“We will focus and do everything we can to make this a great success.”
The twins weigh 33 pounds and are in good health, the hospital staff said.
A core team of nine doctors has been planning divorce surgery since the twins were born in June 2019.
The mother of the children, Thuy (left), keeps the girls with their father for the operation
The girls (pictured in a hospital bed) were delivered by caesarean section 33 weeks after the doctors realized City Children’s Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City that they had joined the pelvis.
Hospital director Truong Quang Dinh said, “So far this can be considered a successful operation and this is a first successful step.” Pictured: the babies being admitted for surgery
The girls were joined together so that when Trick Nhi is seated, Dieu Nhi should be on her back and constantly monitored.
Professor Tran Dong A, 79, said, “The chances of the children making a full recovery are very positive thanks to advanced surgical techniques and equipment.”
The professor performed another operation in 1988 to separate Vietnamese twin boys.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Acting Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long sent a congratulatory message to the team of doctors asking them to pass on their best wishes to the two baby sisters.
The girls need more surgeries to complete the separation, including plastic surgery, the hospital said.
A core team of nine doctors has been planning divorce surgery since the twins were born in June 2019. Photo: The twins’ parents are nervously waiting for news about their daughters