This morning, the medical and surgical team, led by the General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, head of the team, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, conducted the operation to separate the Iraqi Siamese twins, Ali and Omar, sons of Muhammad Abdullah Jassim, with the participation of 27 consultants, specialists, and nursing and technical cadres, at King Hospital. Abdullah Specialist for Children at King Abdulaziz Medical City of the National Guard, and this comes in implementation of the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his trustworthy Crown Prince.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah explained that the surgery is expected to be performed in six stages and will take 11 hours, noting that the success rate of the operation is 70% due to the adhesion of the twins to the lower chest and abdomen, and that they share the liver, bile ducts and intestines.
And he indicated that the twins underwent skin extension devices implantation by the plastic surgery team to help cover the surgical site after the separation, praying to God Almighty that the operation be crowned with success.
Dr. Al-Rabeeah, in his name and on behalf of the members of the medical team, raised thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his trustworthy Crown Prince, for supporting and following up the work of the Saudi Program for the Separation of Conjoined Twins, stressing that the generous guidance embodies the depth of the strong fraternal relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the sisterly Republic of Iraq.
It is noteworthy that this operation is the fifth case of the separation of Siamese twins from the Republic of Iraq, and it is the case No. 54 within the Saudi program for the separation of conjoined twins since 1990 AD, and the program has studied and evaluated 127 cases from 23 countries.