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Orphaned Bangladeshi Twins Joined At The Head

Orphaned Bangladeshi Twins Joined At The Head

Orphaned Bangladeshi Conjoined Twins Need Medical Miracle To Help Save Them.

The future of Bangladeshi twins joined at the head rests in the hands of a team of Melbourne specialists and a generous benefactor.

Surgeons say it will take a medical miracle – and a lot of money – to give the twins a chance to lead separate lives.

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The cost of separating and caring for the twins is expected to hit $400,000. AusAid, the Federal Government’s foreign aid program, recently ruled out funding for the for the 12-month-old orphans Krishna and Trishna saying Australia already provided aid to Bangladesh and the treatment of the twins was a health issue.

Acting Premier Rob Hulls said the State Government would not be chipping in.

“It’s understandable that kids from around the world want to get access to a great hospital,” Hulls said. He reasoned that hospital was welcome to dip into its discretionary funds to help cover the twin’s post-operative care.

The twins, who had their first birthday at the Royal Children’s Hospital on December 13, were brought to Melbourne by Moira Kelly’s Children First Foundation after being found in an orphanage by an Australian aid worker.

Ms Kelly, who is joint guardian of the twins, said she decided to go ahead with the separation after consulting ethics experts and 20 doctors.

The first step in a risky, six-month plan to save the girls began on Sunday 6th of Jan when doctors worked for four hours to correct a life-threatening problem caused by a shared vein.

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The first of four delicate operations was performed because Krishna, the smaller of the twins, was getting an overload of blood from a shared vein, causing heart problems.

A specialist team from the RCH and Royal Melbourne Hospitals inserted coils into the vein through a catheter.
RCH director of neurology Wirginia Maixner said it was a complete success. The girls’ brains are not joined but they share a complex web of veins supporting them.Miss Maixner said the girls faced certain death if they were not separated.

An anonymous benefactor provided $250,000 to cover the intial costs of surgery and hospital care, however Ms Kelly said another $150,000 would be needed after the girls left hospital - for nursing, therapy, transport and accommodation

She urged Australians to dig deep.

Altruism Australia founder and director Shane Holst said governments should show leadership by helping the twins and other sick children from overseas get medical treatment in Australia.

“When our compassion becomes so strong we can stand up and set examples like that, I think that’s a wonderful thing,” Holst said.


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