Libyan conjoined twins to undergo surgery in Riyadh

The case of Ahmed and Muhammad is being studied as part of the Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program. — SPA

Saudi Gazette report

Libyan conjoined twins arrived here Monday to undergo a complex surgery to separate them.

The initiative follows directives from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.

Ahmed and Muhammad will be admitted to the King Abdullah Specialist Hospital in the capital to study their case before performing the surgery.

The conjoined brothers were born on June 24, 2019, in Tripoli, said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, and head of the medical team..

The twins are conjoined at the lower thorax, abdomen and pelvis. They both share the lower part of the digestive system as well as the reproductive and urinary system. They also share one pelvis.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah said that each of the twins has a lower limb and share a deformed third lower limb. They were born without an outlet for excretion hence making it necessary for the medical team to conduct a surgery for the same.

These conjoined twins are the 107th case from 21 countries on whom studies were conducted at the Saudi National Program for the Separation of Twins. If there is general agreement among the doctors to conduct a separation operation for the pair of Libyan twins, then this will be the 48th case in one of the biggest programs for the separation of conjoined twins in the world.

“This humanitarian initiative comes as recognition of the difficulties sisterly Libya is facing. It reflects the Kingdom’s leading humanitarian role in dozens of affected and needy countries,” Dr. Al-Rabeeah said.