Combined twins: Bhutan girls separated during a six-hour operation

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The twin buddies Nima and Dawa joined the hull

Doctors in Australia have separated twins from Bhutan in a life-changing operation.

The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa Pelden, joined the body and shared the liver.

They were brought to Melbourne with their mother last month, but doctors delayed surgery until Friday to improve girls' nutritional needs.

Head Physician Dr. Joe Crameri said the six hour operation was successful and the twins were "very good".

Dr. Crameri said it was "a pleasure" to inform their mother, Bhumchu Zangmo, of success – she said she was "very grateful."

About 18 specialists from two teams, one for each girl, took part in the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital.

Associated twins are very rare – they are thought to be every 200,000 births – and about 40-60% of these births are delivered to the dead.

There are only a few departments around the world every year.

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Nima and Dawa were growing up against each other and could not sit. They could stand, but only at the same time.

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The girls are in Australia with their mother, Bhumchu Zangmo

Doctors successfully divided the liver of the twins. Girls were found to share the gut – something the doctors said was "unknown" before surgery.

"We were always convinced that we could do it," said Dr. Crawlers. "But we just did not know what we would find."

The family was brought to Australia from Bhutan by Children First Foundation, an Australian charity.

Elizabeth Lodge, a charity, said that Mrs. Zangmo was "a little scared," but showed "extraordinary tranquility" before the procedure began.

The state of Victoria proposed to cover the cost of the operation $ 350,000 (£ 195,000, $ 255,000).

The family is expected to return to the Himalayan kingdom, one of the world's poorest peoples, after recovering the twins.

In 2009, the same hospital performed a successful operation to separate twin Bangladeshi twins.

Girls, Tršna and Krsna, who joined in the lead, underwent a 32-hour rescue operation.

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