Semmelweis operation on conjoined twins successful


Attila Kovács - Semmelweis University

Conjoined twins Rabia and Rukia successfully underwent the implantation of a special, Hungarian-designed tissue expander system under the direction of plastic surgeon Dr. Gergely Pataki, the founder of the Action for Defenceless People Foundation at Semmelweis University, bringing the twins closer to final separation.

Photo: Attila Kovács - Semmelweis University

The Bangladeshi twins are in good health, and were allowed to leave the clinic, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

In the weeks leading up to the operation, the children went through general pediatric, laboratory, radiological, and infectiological examinations and tests at the university. The current, special plastic surgical operation is the second of a series of operations to separate the twins, who are joined at the skull, and entailed the implantation of so-called expander implants.

In the coming weeks, a team of physicians from various medical fields will decide, based on continuous monitoring of the results, on the possibility of carrying out further examinations and operations in Budapest prior to the final separation.

The first of the series of operations, in a scientific breakthrough procedure entailing the endovascular separation of the main sections of the large veins of the brain, was carried out in 2018 in Bangladesh under the direction of Hungarian Dr. István Hudák, a contributor to the Action for Defenceless People Foundation.


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