Monday, April 20, 2009
Separating twins con-joint in the head.
When I lived in Singapore, in 2001, I was involved with the separation of Siamese Twins
I was actively organising a drive to raise funds and I got to know the parents and their grand father. I was very privileged to see Ganga and Jamuna while they were still conjointed in their heads. Their mum, Mrs. Shrestha asked me why I worked so hard for her babies. I told her about my deceased son Andrew, I didn't have a chance to fight for Andrew. But if I thought her daughters had a chance, I wanted to give my utmost to Mrs. Shrestha to fight for the survival of her baies.
The separation process was a success, but things didn't end up happily ever after. Ganga died, and Jamuna is not exactly a healthy child.
Then the doctors operated on a pair of adult conjoint twins from Iran. Ladan and Laleh Bijani were leading successful lives. The operation failed, and they died.
My opinion of the doctors changed. Why did they go ahead with the operation? Were they getting too ambitious?
Now, they are having another chance, Indian twins Vani and Veena, five, may go under the knife at East Shore Hospital in August if the medical team under the same Neurosurgeon Keith Gohdecides to proceed with the operation.
For me, I say no more, the risk is too great.
My achived photo taken with Mrs. Shrestha seated on the hospital bed, my friend Manchala and a Nepalese visitor.