Based on the directive of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud the conjoined twins attached at the head (craniopagus) were successfully separated at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh on Saturday, 27 October 2007 in an operation lasting 18 hours. The operation was carried out in 7 phases by 22 members from specialties in Neuro Surgery, Anesthesia, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Nursing and technicians. The Multidisciplinary team included 60 members. The rehearsal procedure was conducted on Wednesday, 24 October 2007.
Dr. Al Rabeeah Head of the Multidisciplinary team stated that for the first time in this operation very special and delicate equipment was used such as the neuro navigator, volume dextro scope, mobile CT scanner and a special anesthesia support table, which was designed and manufactured for the first time in the world at King Abdulaziz Medical City.
Dr. Al Rabeeah advised that the twins arrived on 22 December 2006, by the humanitarian gesture of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Multidisciplinary team was created. Many special investigations were done over several weeks and months and after several meetings the team agreed to proceed with the separation with a success rate of 60%. To prepare for the operation special balloons were put under the skin of the head to stretch the head and increase the surface area over the last few months to enable the team to cover the head after separation.
The twins are expected to stay in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 2 weeks and after that they will be put in the Pediatric ward for rehabilitation, which will take several weeks. The twins will require further operations to reconstruct the skulls.
Dr. Al Rabeeah on behalf of the Multidisciplinary Surgical team and National Guard Health Affairs appreciated this generous gesture by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abduallah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as well as the Saudi and Omani people for this achievement.