LAHORE - In a surgery lasting more than 7 hours, a Lahore hospital’s  medical team has separated twin kids who were joined at the abdomen.

The boys, Ibrahim and Ismail, were separated during the complicated surgery on Monday morning at Lahore Children s Hospital, by a team of ten doctors led by Dr. Mehmood Shaukat. According to the hospital administration, Ibrahim‘s condition is critical while Ismail’s life is out of danger. Both have been shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after the surgery.

Earlier, a board at the Children’s Hospital had recommended their surgery in Saudi Arabia with an estimated cost of around Rs10 million, but a special board at the King Edward Medical College last week ruled out the possibility of moving them to KSA due to delay in issuance of grant by the provincial government.

Conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 births and most do not survive. About 40 percent to 60 percent of conjoined twins arrive stillborn, and about 35 percent live only one day, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Mortality rates for twins who do live and then undergo separation vary, depending on their type of connection and the organs they share, it said.

Infant dies due to

doctors’ negligence

An infant baby died in Children Hospital on Sunday night, allegedly due to the carelessness of doctors.

The relatives of baby believed that it happened because of a wrong injection and protested in the hospital. They also broke stuff in hospital in anger, against which nurses protested and the emergency section was closed.