Miracle surgery: Saudi Siamese twins separated after 10-hour operation

A team of Saudi doctors led by the Gulf Kingdom’s Minister of Health successfully separated twin boys Abdullah and Salman in a 10-hour operation at the country’s most famous hospital, local newspapers reported.

The operation was performed in eight phases and nearly 30 doctors, nurses and other specialists were involved, they said.

Saudi minister of health Abdullah Al Rabeeah, a veteran surgeon, led the team that performed the operation at King Abdul Aziz Medical City in Riyadh.

“Doctors announced the success of the operation and the twins were both in good health,” the Arabic language daily Aleqt said.

It was the 31st operation involving separation of Siamese twins to be performed in Saudi Arabia. The first such operation was conducted in 1990.

The twin boys, named after the country’s King Abdullah and his brother, Crown Prince Salman, were born to a Saudi mother in a Cesarean operation in the southern town of Bisha nearly three months ago.

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