Conjoined Nigerian twins, Hassanah and Hasina have been successfully seperated after a 14 hour operation in Saudi Arabia.
Born on January 12, 2022, in Kaduna, Hassana and Hassina, shared an abdomen, pelvis, liver, intestines, and urinary and reproductive systems.
According to Arab News, an 85-member specialist medical team successfully completed seven of eight stages of the surgery at the King Abdullah Specialist Hospital for Children in King Abdulaziz Medical City.
The conjoined twins and their parents were airlifted to Riyadh on November 9, 2022, on the approval of the King to conduct their separation at the expense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Before the operation began, the leader of the surgical team, Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, an advisor to the Saudi Royal Court and supervisor-general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Cente said the operation would include eight stages.
Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian initiatives have previously assisted with 130 cases of conjoined twins from 23 countries over a period of 33 years, and Hassana and Hassina will be the 56th set of twins to be separated as a result, Arab News said.
Nigeria’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal, thanked the leadership of the Kingdom for their kind humanitarian gesture extended to these conjoined twins.