Conjoined twins born in Syrian war zone evacuated for life-saving treatment

Conjoined twins born in Syrian war zone evacuated for life-saving treatment

Conjoined twins born in Syrian war zone evacuated for life-saving treatment

Written by Staff Writer

14 Aug, 2016 | 4:43 pm

Conjoined twins born in one of the most violent areas of Syria have been evacuated for life-saving surgery.

Nawras and Moaz, who are joined at the chest with protruding intestines, were born in the city of Douma in July.

Doctors at Zahra hospital feared the boys, who are joined at the chest with protruding intestines, would not survive without urgent surgery they were unable to provide.

Syrian doctors had appealed for help from the World Health Organization, saying the twins would die if they were unable to undergo surgery.

People have have offered their prayers on a Syrian Red Crescent Facebook post, with one saying “God bless you and protect you”.

Conjoined twins – the facts

  • Conjoined twins develop from a single fertilised egg and are therefore always identical and of the same sex
  • It is unknown why the embryo does not complete the process of separating into identical twins
  • Records over the past 500 years have shown around 600 sets of conjoined twins survived infancy – more than 70% of these were female
  • Despite medical advancements, surgical separation is still very rare today

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