Twin girls expected to lead 'happy and normal lives'

Twin girls Rosie and Ruby Formosa, who were born joined at the abdomen and shared part of the intestine. Credit: Medical Illustration/PA Wire

The girls were operated on by a team of specialists led by paediatric surgeon Professor Agostino Pierro.

He said: "In this case, the twins were joined by the abdomen at the level of the umbilicus and shared part of the intestine.

"The operation to separate the twins had to be performed as an emergency because of an intestinal blockage.

"We are delighted with the outcome of the operation. The babies will need further treatment in the future, but we expect that they will both be able to lead happy and normal lives."

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Twins successfully separated

A mother has described her joy after a successful operation to separate her conjoined twins. Rosie and Ruby Formosa, who were born joined at the abdomen and shared part of the intestine, needed an emergency operation to separate them.