Sharjah: A mother of conjoined twins connected at the pelvis is waiting for help to separate her newborn daughters.
According to medical staff, the twins can be surgically separated when they turn one year old, and the operation will cost around Dh1 million.
The twins’ mother, Sumaiya Albalushi, told Gulf News: “I have sent an appeal to humanitarian agencies to help us separate the twins.”
Her husband is a sales executive who earns Dh5,000 a month. The couple said they cannot afford the cost of the surgery.
Albalushi gave birth by Caesarean section at a Sharjah hospital on November 20.
The twins are the Pakistani couple’s first children. When the mother was pregnant, she did not experience any specific symptoms related to conjoined twins and an ultrasound did not clearly show them as conjoined. However, when she gave birth, they discovered that the babies were bonded together.
Currently, the twins are in the hospital’s ICU (intensive care unit). A medical team performed urgent surgery on them since they did not have any hole to evacuate feces.
The twins will leave the ICU after 10 days and will be discharged from the hospital after a month.
Medical staff said separation surgery depends on the situation. These cases are rare and the case must be planned well before the separation. The weight of the twins must be adequate and the body functions must function well.
After the separation, the twins will have to stay in the hospital for a month.
Medical staff are working to educate and train the mother on how to care for the twins.