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Vietnamese conjoined twins to take very first steps soon after successful surgery

10:54 | 01/09/2020

Conjoined twins Hoang Truc Nhi and Hoang Dieu Nhi, who were seperated on July 15, are expected to take their very first steps in life soon as doctors have removed the casts from their legs.

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Truc Nhi and Dieu Nhi are allowed to share the same bed while participating in activities together. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital

Doctors have removed the casts from the legs of conjoined twins Hoang Truc Nhi and Hoang Dieu Nhi after a month and a half, therefore allowing them to prepare to take their very first steps in life.

Over a month after their separation surgery, the health status of Truc Nhi was better than that of Dieu Nhi, with doctors, therefore, deciding to remove the cast from her legs, according to Vietnamnet.

Following the removal of Truc Nhi’s leg cast, Dieu Nhi’s casts were also removed 10 days later.

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Doctors have removed the cast from their legs. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital

The decision made by doctors to remove the casts from the twins will enable the infants to take their very first steps in life.

At present Truc Nhi and Dieu Nhi are enjoying stable health conditions. The pair are able to drink milk and eat porridge independently and both have good digestive system health.

Born at Hung Vuong Hospital, they had been transferred to the HCMC Children’s Hospital to be raised and monitored, VnExpress said.

vietnamese conjoined twins to take very first steps soon after successful surgery
The baby girl sits still as she poses for a photo. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital

They were classified as a pair of ischiopagus tetrapus (quadripus) conjoined twins, which means they had a symmetrical continuous longitudinal axis with their area of the union not broken anteriorly, according to doctors.

If a pair of conjoined twins are born for every 200,000 births, only 6 percent of them are classified as ischiopagus tetrapus, doctors said.

vietnamese conjoined twins to take very first steps soon after successful surgery
They are now in stable health. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital

Truc Nhi and Dieu Nhi shared parts of their ileums and colons. They had two separate bladders and two ureters leading to them. Their pelvis was arranged in a circle.

Over the past year the twins had learned to sit up and coordinate with each other to move around despite their condition.

vietnamese conjoined twins to take very first steps soon after successful surgery
They are now in stable health. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital

The conjoined twins were separated after a 12-hour operation on July 15, with the participation of around 100 doctors and nurses at the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital 1 and 2, Cho Ray Hospital and others in HCM City.

The twins are 13 months old and weigh 15 kilogrammes, and were in good health at the time of surgery. Because their development indexes are the same as healthy children, doctors said the surgery was now safe to perform.

vietnamese conjoined twins to take very first steps soon after successful surgery
The twins enjoy playing peekaboo with nurses and doctors. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital

Dr Truong Quang Dinh, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital, said the twins will be monitored until they turn 18, the Viet News Agency reported./.

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