Based on the directive of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
, it has been decided to proceed with the separation of the Moroccan twins Alsafa and Almarwa on Saturday, 12 July 2008, with the rehearsal procedure to take place on 9 July 2008 as stated by Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Chief Executive Officer and Head of the Multidisciplinary Surgical Team. The operation is expected to last for approximately 10 hours and take 7 phases. The number of the surgical team participating in the operation is 24.
The Multidisciplinary Team has met on several occasions to review the status of the twins and decided at the last meeting on Wednesday, 2 July 2008 to perform the separation as stated, although there is a 40% risk due to the condition of the heart of Almarwa who has severe congenital heart disease. The investigations have shown that the twins are joined at the lower chest and abdomen and share a liver and maybe part of the bowel.
We all pray for the success and the wellbeing of the twins.