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Conjoined twins head to Australia for a life-changing surgery

Conjoined twins head to Australia for a life-changing surgery

Nima and Dawa are conjoined twins and now they are going to have a surgery that will separate them

14-month-old twins Nima and Dawa Pelden have been together since birth, quite literally - they’re conjoined twins. They were born in Bhutan and everyone was shocked to see that they were conjoined at their lower chest and through their stomachs.

Photo courtesy of Alex Coppel

Photo courtesy of Alex Coppel

The girls need a surgery that will separate their liver and possibly a bowel; they appear to have separate hearts and lungs, which makes the surgery safer to perform. The surgery will take place at The Royal Children’s Hospital is confident that they’ll be able to separate the babies and that they’ll be able to grow up and live healthy lives. Their mother, Bhumchu Zangmo is relieved that the surgery is happening. She told the Herald Sun that she is “very concerned for their future life, so [she] cannot think of not separating them…even if the surgery takes away one twin, [she] will be very happy for the other living twin...[she is] extremely happy that help has finally come. Not only happy but ecstatic now that surgery will be possible in Australia.”

Head of pediatric surgery at Royal Children’s Hospital, Joe Crameri, has full confidence that the surgery will be able to separate what needs to be separated and that both girls will have full individual lives.

Photo courtesy of Alex Coppel

Photo courtesy of Alex Coppel

The twins will be receiving surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and there’s even talk about the family not having to pay out of pocket for the surgery - in order for this to be possible, they are taking donations. If this story has inspired you in any way, you can donate by phone at 1-800-992-299 or visit childrenfirstfoundation.org.au/donate and select Twins18 for the campaign name. 

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