In a statement today Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Head of the Multidisciplinary Team, explained that the Iraqi Conjoined Twins, Fatima and Zahra, arrived at KAMC-Riyadh on 5 February 2006 “6/01/1427H” and were admitted to the hospital. Soon after their arrival the twins developed a urinary tract infection that led to an infection in their blood which necessitated their transfer to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Following aggressive treatment, the twins recovered sufficiently to enable the Multidisciplinary Team to start the workup to study their internal organs, but the twins then developed another infection in their chest and blood which hindered further tests to study their anatomy.
Again they required very close treatment in the PICU, and are now being followed by the PICU Consultants and Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultants.
According to Dr. Al Rabeeah, the condition of the twins continues to be critical as their body structure and weight exposes them to such infections. It is hoped that once they are over this critical period the Multidisciplinary Team will be able to continue their investigations to determine whether they will be candidates for separation.