Bangladeshi surgeons will on Monday separate conjoined twin toddlers in a marathon procedure long-delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The two-and-a-half year old girls, Labiba and Lamisa, were born joined at the back and share a spine, genitalia and part of their intestinal tract.
Doctors partially separated their rectums nine days after birth, but follow-up surgery was postponed last year after the country recorded its first Covid-19 cases.
My babies cannot sit or properly lie down together, said Monufa Begum, the 20-year-old mother of the twins.It is very difficult to keep them quiet. Both my husband and I have barely slept since their birth, she told news agency AFP.
A team of 35 doctors will oversee an expected 10-hour operation to separate the pair after two months of tests to determine whether the procedure was possible.
Caring for the twins has been an immense financial and emotional burden for the family, said 22-year-old father Lal Mia.I am very worried but simultaneously excited. It would be great to see my daughters walking and living separately.