Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Chief Surgeon and Head of the Multidisciplinary Team stated today, 10 January 2005, that seven (7) days after the successful separation operation, lasting approximately 18 hours, the Polish conjoined twins Daria and Olga have been able to sit in a chair for the very first time in their lives enabling them to smile at each other, touch hands and wear regular clothes. Tears of joy expressed their mother’s happiness.
Dr. Al Rabeeah further stated that both twins have shown remarkable improvement in their health and that their vital functions have returned to normal, including heart, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Both twins are breathing normally and bottle feeding regularly. All intravenous fluids and medications including antibiotics have ceased and the central venous catheters have been removed and there is no sign of any infection.
A gradual physiotherapy program has commenced to strengthen the muscles of their lower legs. Notably, both twins can now move their legs without loss of function, compared to the level prior to separation, and it is expected that muscle function will gradually improve over the next few weeks.