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Doctors in Vatican hospital separate Siamese twins from Central African Republic

Doctors at the Vatican Children’s Hospital in Rome reported today that they successfully separated twin girls who had their heads joined together.

The twins, Ervina and Prefina, were born in the Central African Republic in 2018. They were transferred to Bambino Gesu in Rome as part of a charity program.

They had now undergone three operations, in May and June 2019, and on June 5 this year, when they were effectively separated.

The last operation lasted 18 hours, when more than 30 surgeons, assistants, and nurses were in the operating theater.

A month later, “the girls are doing well,” reports the hospital. They are expected to “live a normal life.”

One photo shows the two babies wearing head bandages, sitting on their mother’s knees, getting cake on June 29, the day they turned two years old.

Doctors in Vatican hospital separate Siamese twins from Central African Republic
©EPA – Neurosurgeon Carlo Marras (L) and Ermine (R), the mother of the girl twins.

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