Conjoined Twins Separated After Marathon Surgery

Conjoined twin girls from Morocco are medically stable and responding to treatment, following a marathon 10-hour operation to separate them, Arabnews.com reported.

“Safra and Marwa continue to do well," Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, head of the surgical team, told the news agency. “The condition of the twins has stabilized and there are no major problems facing them as of now.”

PHOTO ESSAY: Click here to see Safa and Marwa before and after their surgery.

Safra and Marwa were born facing each other fused from the lower chest to the bowel and liver. They shared the same liver and digestive system and were operated on at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, according to the report.

Although the surgery was a success, the 4-month-old twins are far from being out of the woods.

“The next few days are very crucial for us,” Al-Rabeeah said. “We have to make sure eventually that the twins are completely stable and all their organs, including hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and the bowels, function normally.”

The medical team expects the girls to recover completely and go on to lead very normal lives, Al-Rabeeah concluded.

To date, 14 pairs of conjoined twins have been successfully separated at the Riyadh hospital, according to the report.

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