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Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated at Australian hospital , Australia/NZ News & Top Stories

10 November 2018

According to Herald Sun, a newspaper based in Melbourne, Nima and Dawa would be taken for surgery after 8am (Melbourne time) on Novermber 9, where they will be known as Green and Red to avoid mix ups.

Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa are beginning their road to recovery and independent life after they were separated in a delicate six-hour procedure in Melbourne.

"I think the best part of the surgery was that there were no highs and no lows", Dr Joe Cameri, head of paediatric surgery at the hospital said this afternoon at a press conference.

He said the operation was expected to last around six hours and would involve 18 medical staff divided into two teams, one for each girl. Doctors at the Royal Children's' Hospital Melbourne (RCHM) said they had to separate the girls' livers, and the main challenge was reconstructing their abdomens.

Crameri said there were no surprises, despite concerns that the girls' bowel may have been conjoined.

"It will be really interesting to see what will happen once the girls are separated", Lodge said, adding that the twins were "good mates". "But there is nothing on the image that suggests that", Crameri said.

The family stayed in a retreat outside Melbourne run by the Children First Foundation, a charity which also raised the money to support the Australian surgery.

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"Mom said the girls are getting a little bit frustrated with each other, as you would at 14 months", the charity's CEO Elizabeth Lodge said last month.

"The complex task of anaesthetizing two matching girls exactly the same time, who share an unknown level of circulation, will begin at 8:45am".

But Bhumchu Zangmo has been through 14 months of anxiety after her twin daughters, Nima and Dawa, were born joined together at the torso.

She will spend Friday praying and meditating.

"She still has this extraordinary calmness about her, which is just fantastic".

The twins were brought to Australia from the Himalayas' Bhutan for the surgery earlier this month, but the procedure had been delayed as a result of assessments.

Dr Crameri said if there were any unexpected problems during the operation, the hospital had all the resources and experts on hand that it would need. They could stand but only at the same time.

Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated at Australian hospital , Australia/NZ News & Top Stories