Libyan conjoined twins successfully separated

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah prior to the complex operation to separate the Libyan conjoined twins at King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) on Thursday in Riyadh.

RIYDAH — A Saudi medical team, led by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, managed to successfully separate the Libyan conjoined twins following a complex operation at King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) on Thursday in Riyadh.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah, advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), said that while the operation was still under way, the twins were lying in separate beds.

The mother of the conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed said it was a joy to see they had been separated.

"To see Mohammad wrapped separately, I couldn't believe it, my prayers go to the doctor and his team, may their successes continue,” she said.

A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate the twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning.

The success rate of the operation, which takes up to 15 hours and is performed through 11 stages, is estimated at 70 percent.

“This case comes from Libya, a country that is enduring big challenges,” Dr. Al-Rabeeah said.

“It is due to our leadership’s initiative that the twins are here, to ease the suffering of the twins and of their parents — one of the humane touches of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Dr. Al-Rabeeah said the operation was the 48th to separate twins in the last 30 years and that the cases came from more than 21 countries.

The operation was performed following the implementation of directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense. — SPA