Pakistani twins Safa and Marwa Ullah, who were born conjoined at the head in January of 2017 have finally left the hospital after undergoing more than 50 hours of surgery to be separated. The twins were transported to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in October of 2018 where they underwent three different operations, before finally being separated in February of this year.
According to a press release issued by GOSH, the process of separating the girls was a lengthy one. Over a four-month period, the girls were in surgery for more than 50 total hours and were cared for by a team of more than 100 medical professionals.
Four operations, 55 hours of operating time – and a fond farewell! After 9 months of care, the twins and their family left GOSH on 1 July. Safa and Marwa have a long road ahead – but we are hopeful they will be able to live active, happy lives! https://t.co/aKrOCMGu3q 👋💗 pic.twitter.com/pWd6PXcFyq— Great Ormond Street Hospital (@GreatOrmondSt) July 15, 2019
Safa and Marwa's mother had no clue she was expecting twins, so to have craniopagus twins, the medical term for twins conjoined at the head, was even more of a shock. The girls were delivered by cesarean section and thanks to a wealthy benefactor who funded their trip the twins were sent to London's GOSH to receive treatment, CNN reports. GOSH has previously successfully separated craniopagus twins in both 2006 and 2011.
Consultant neurosurgeon Noor ul Owase Jeelani and craniofacial surgeon Professor David Dunaway led a team of 100 staff members as they worked to separate the twins. "We are delighted we have been able to help Safa and Marwa and their family," Dr. Jeelani said in the press release. "It has been a long and complex journey for them, and for the clinical team looking after them. From our personal point of view, it has been great to get to know the girls and their family. Their faith and determination have been so important in getting them through the challenges they have faced. We are incredibly proud of them."
The twins were finally discharged from GOSH on July 1st, but are staying in London with their mother, father, and grandfather as they still receive daily physiotherapy as part of their rehabilitation. GOSH released an animated video detailing the painstaking measures they went through to ensure a successful separation of Safa and Marwa.
"We are indebted to the hospital and to the staff and we would like to thank them for everything they have done," Zainab Bibi, the mother of the twins stated. "We are extremely excited about the future."
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