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September 5, 2021 11:37 am

Born Conjoined Back-to-Back, Israeli Twins Finally See Each Other After Surgery

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Formerly siamese Israeli twins look at one another after having undergone rare separation surgery at Soroka Medical Center, Beersheva, September 5, 2021. Soroka Medical Centre/Handout via REUTERS

One-year-old twin Israeli girls who were born conjoined at the head, back-to-back, can make eye contact for the first time after undergoing rare separation surgery.

The more than 12-hour operation at the Soroka Medical Center took months of preparation and involved dozens of experts from Israel and abroad, the hospital said on Sunday.

“This was a rare and complex surgery that has been conducted only 20 times worldwide and now, for the first time, in Israel,” said Mickey Gideon, Soroka’s chief pediatric neurosurgeon.

Photos in Israeli media showed the twins — whose names were not provided — facing one another in a cot, their heads bandaged. The Soroka statement said the surgery involved cranial reconstruction and scalp grafts for both.

“They are recovering nicely. They are breathing and eating on their own,” Eldad Silberstein, the head of Soroka’s plastic surgery department, told Israel’s Channel 12 news.

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