Beersheba: One-year-old Israeli twin girls, who were born back to back, conjoined at the head, can make eye contact for the first time after having a unique separation surgery.
The Soroka Medical Centre stated on Sunday that the more than 12-hour procedure required months of planning and involved dozens of professionals from Israel and overseas. ‘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.
The twins, whose identities were not revealed, were shown in Israeli media facing each other in a crib with their heads bandaged. According to the Soroka statement, the operation included both cranial reconstruction and scalp transplants. Eldad Silberstein, the head of Soroka’s plastic surgery department said: ‘They are recovering nicely. They are breathing and eating on their own.’