Successful separation of Tanzanian conjoined twins in 16-hour complex surgery


Tanzanian conjoined twins, Hassan and Hussein, have been successfully separated following a grueling 16-hour surgery involving nine stages.

The groundbreaking operation was led by Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), at the King Abdullah Children’s Specialist Hospital in the King Abdulaziz Medical City under the Ministry of National Guard.

The surgery, carried out under the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, saw the participation of a 35-member medical team comprising consultants, specialists, as well as technical, nursing, and support staff.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah, after the triumphant separation of the twins, highlighted that this marked the 59th operation under the Saudi Program for the Separation of Conjoined Twins, initiated in 1990. Over the past 33 years, the program has overseen 133 cases of conjoined twins from 24 countries and successfully conducted surgical separations in 59 instances. Dr. Al-Rabeeah expressed his gratitude to the dedicated medical team and extended congratulations to the twins’ mother and the people of Tanzania for this remarkable achievement.

Tanzanian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ali Jabir Mwadini, conveyed his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the entire medical team. He praised the Kingdom’s generosity, noble initiatives, and global humanitarian assistance.

The mother of Hassan and Hussein expressed her profound gratitude to King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the medical team. She lauded the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts and the warm reception they received since their arrival. Her prayers were for the well-being and security of Saudi Arabia’s leadership.

Hassan and Hussein, two years old and weighing a combined 13.5 kilograms, were airlifted from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on August 23, accompanied by their mother. After arriving, they underwent comprehensive medical assessments at King Abdullah Children’s Specialist Hospital, which revealed they were conjoined at multiple points, including the lower chest, abdomen, pelvis, liver, intestines, urinary tract, and sharing one male reproductive organ.

This remarkable success story stands as a testament to medical expertise, international cooperation, and the unwavering commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to humanitarian causes worldwide.

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