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Twin Girls Conjoined at the Skull Successfully Separated After 18 Hours Surgery

The 2-year old conjoined twin girls have been successfully separated after an 18 hour surgical operation at a hospital in Vatican City in Rome, Italy. 

The girls shared a skull and a majority of blood vessels.

 According to a statement from the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, Ervina and Prefina had a very rare condition which is considered the first time that a conjoined twin in total posterior craniopagus was successfully separated in Italy.

The 18-hour operation had about 30 doctors and nurses together to separate the girls. Also, the twin girls, who hail from the Central African Republic, were been offered to be treated by Hospital President Mariella Enoc when she visited the country in 2018. 

The girls are expected to make a full recovery.

Together with their mother, Ermine, the twins arrived in Italy in September 2018. They were prepared for their first stage of treatment in May 2019 and the second stage in June 2019 before finally being separated on June 5 this year.

“It was an exciting moment, a fantastic, unrepeatable experience,” Carlo Marras, head of neurosurgery at the hospital, said. “It was a very ambitious goal and we did everything to achieve it, with passion, optimism and joy.”

Doctors carried out two procedures before a third one separated the twins.

Their brains are intact and the successful surgeries mean their motor and cognitive development should be normal, the hospital said. Ermine thanked the team for treating her daughters and said she would like them to be baptized by Pope Francis.

“Ervina and Prefina were born twice. If we had stayed in Africa I don’t know what fate they would have had,” she said. “My little girls can now grow up, study and become doctors to save other children.”

The twins celebrated their second birthday on June 29 and medical checks show that they are doing well.

Congratulations, Ervina and Prefina and to the Doctors. Great work, isn’t it?

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