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Doctors successfully separate twins conjoined at the liver

Two newborn conjoined twin girls attached by their livers have been successfully separated by doctors in Bucharest.

The girls were born joined by their abdomens, sharing a thin slice of liver and an umbilical cord.

The twins were born joined at the abdomen Credit: Marie Curie Children's Hospital
The girls weighed just over 10lbs between them Credit: Marie Curie Children's Hospital

They weighed just over 10lbs between them and had to be born by Caesarian section.

Romanian doctors at the Marie Curie Children's Hospital carried out a two-hour operation on the girls, named Elena and Maria, to ensure no permanet damage to their internal organs.

The twins are now recovering in separate incubators Credit: Marie Curie Children's Hospital
The operation took two hours Credit: Marie Curie Children's Hospital

Head of the medical team and surgeon Radu Spataru said the portion of liver which they had shared was not a vital section.

The girls and their mother are lucky. The babies were conjoined at the inferior side of the sternum, through the xiphoid appendix.

They were also sharing a thin part of the liver, fortunately non-functional. The surgical intervention underwent without any incidents.

– Radu Spataru, surgeon
The girls shared part of their livers Credit: Marie Curie Children's Hospital

The girls are now recovering in separate incubators in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.