The one-year-old twins joined in the occipital region met each other for the first time after being separated by a rare and highly complex operation in Israel.
After several months of preparation, more than 12 hours of procedures were carried out on Sunday at the Soloca Medical Center Beersheba with dozens of experts from home and abroad.
After separation, the unnamed twins underwent cranial reconstruction and scalp transplant surgery.
“They are recovering well. They are breathing and eating on their own,” Eldad Silverstein, head of plastic surgery at Soroka, told Israel. Channel 12 news.
Soroka’s chief pediatric neurosurgeon, Mickey Gideon, said this was the first rare and complex operation in Israel and the 20th in the world.
The heartwarming moment when the two girls first turned to each other was captured by Reuters.
Dr. Isaac Lazar, director of the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, Israeli era It was “incredible joy” to see her parents pull her daughters apart for the first time.
“When the nurses gathered the babies and separated them, they looked at each other, made noises, and touched them gently. It was beautiful,” said Dr. Lazar. “You could see the communication between them, and it was very special.”
He said it was a “life-and-death surgery” for the girl because it contained major blood vessels to the baby’s head, and one wrong movement could lead to uncontrolled bleeding. ..
According to doctors, the team has grown additional skin on the baby’s head for use in skin graft procedures. They inserted an inflatable silicone bag between the scalp and the skull to grow the skin.
“Every few days, sterile water was poured into the bag, increasing the capacity of the bag,” explained Dr. Lazar. “This slowly stretched the skin. After 5-6 months, these water-filled bags and the skin covering them became as large as the baby’s head, and each baby had two heads. It looked like there was. “
The girls were born in August 2020 and are likely to lead a normal life after surgery, doctors say.