Twins Before Separation
Doctors have successfully separated eight- day-old conjoined twin girls-believed to be the youngest ever babies to be parted. Switzerland doctors carried out the risky operation on girls Lydia and Maya over five hours with a 13-strong team. The surgery reportedly carried just a one percent chance of success.
Twins After Operation
According to Swiss media, the twins were "extensively conjoined on the liver, but had all vital organs". They weighed just 4lb 14oz together after being born eight weeks premature. Doctors had reportedly planned to separate them when they were several months old but brought the operation forward when they each suffered a life-threatening condition.
One of the twins had too much blood, and very high blood pressure, while the other one did not have enough. "Such small conjoined siblings had never been successfully separated before," the hospital said.
Paying tribute to his staff, head of paediatric surgery Steffen Berger said: "The perfect teamwork of physicians and nursing personnel from various disciplines were the key to success here."We are very happy that the children and parents are faring so well now."
According to follow up reports from local media, the twins are putting on weight and beginning to breast-feed, following the operation on December 10.