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Conjoined Twin Boys Sharing Three Legs Separated In 24 Hour Operation

01/08/2012 12:40 | Updated 22 May 2015
Conjoined twin boys sharing three legs separated in 24 hour operation

SINAR HARIAN

Conjoined 15-month-old twins attached at the pelvis and sharing three legs have been successfully separated.

Muaiman and Muaimin Azli were separated at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia, in a 24-hour operation involving a 60-strong medical team, including 19 surgeons and anaethetists.

"With proper rehabilitation, both boys can lead a fairly normal and independent life," said Zakaria Zahari, the head of the paediatric surgery has said.

He said the case was the hospital's most complex so far because the twins shared genitalia and a bladder.

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"The sexual and reproductive functions of both twins will be assessed further as they grow," he said.

Both boys are in a stable condition following the July 14 operation. Muaimin will get a prosthetic leg, while Muaiman will keep both of his legs.

Their dad, mechanic Azli Sabran, 40, said: "I feel so relieved. I could not sleep well before the surgery as I was so worried.

"For now, I'm just glad that they are safe."

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He said the family suspected the twins were conjoined in the eighth month of his wife's pregnancy and went for a scan. When the boys were born in April they were a 'beautiful bundle of joy,' their dad said.

The twins are the 14th conjoined pair to be separated at the hospital and the 21st in the country.

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