Twin baby girls, Rital and Ritaj Gaboura, were born with an extremely rare condition where the tops of their heads were fused together. While they weren’t sharing brain tissue, they did share vital arteries and nerves. Their condition was also complicated due to a significant blood flow between their two brains.
After four months in hospital, a team of British doctors were able to separate the twins following four complex procedures at Great Ormond Street hospital – an operation with a one in 10 million survival rate.
The twins were born by caesarean in October 2010 in Sudan, but because there was no expertise to separate the girls successfully, parents Abdelmajeed and Enas approached British children’s charity Facing the World. The charity agreed to fund their care as doctors at the London hospital volunteered to treat the twins.
“We are very thankful to be able to look forward to going home with two separate, healthy girls. We are very grateful to all the doctors who volunteered their time and to Facing the World for organising all the logistics and for paying for the surgery,” said Abdelmajeed and wife Enas, reports the Daily Mail.
Doctors believe the babies will make a good recovery.
“We are so grateful to the team at Great Ormond Street Hospital and all of our supporters for making this miracle possible,” said Sarah Driver-Jowitt, executive co-ordinator at Facing the World.