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Abandoned twins to undergo separation surgery

ABANDONED conjoined twin girls will undergo separation surgery at Shanghai Children's Hospital tomorrow.

As doctors prepare for the marathon surgery on the six-month-old girls, hospital authorities have called for their parents to come forward.

The six-month-old girls, Sui Jianshuang and Sui Jianlian, are connected from chest bone to the stomach for 15 centimeters.

They share one liver but each has her own heart, lungs, kidneys and digestive system.

"Medical capabilities in separating conjoined twins are improving," said Chen Fang, president of the hospital.

"We will try our best to save both children," Chen said.

The girls, covered in afterbirth, were abandoned outside the Zhanjiang Children's House in southeast Guangdong Province.

Orphanage officials, who also named the girls, contacted the Shanghai hospital late last month about the possibility of surgery.

After learning of their painful experiences and medical records, the hospital took on the case.

Orphanage officials brought the babies to Shanghai by train, and on August 29 the children's hospital sent a medical team by ambulance to collect them.

The girls were found to be suffering from slight malnutrition, pneumonia and major skin rashes.

A course of drugs - and lots of tender loving care - followed.

The girls blossomed, growing from 10 kilograms to 11.5 kilograms within a week.

"We want their parents to show up so they can have a real family," said Niu Jun, a hospital official.

The incidence of conjoined twins in the world is only one in about 100,000 pregnancies and most die as fetuses.


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