Palestinian conjoined twins separation surgery successful

The separation surgery of Palestinian conjoined twins Farah and Haneen has been successful at King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital in Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 08 January 2018
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Palestinian conjoined twins separation surgery successful

RIYADH: The separation surgery of Palestinian conjoined twins Farah and Haneen has been successful, announced Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, adviser at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) who is head of the medical and surgical team for the separation surgery.
Dr. Al-Rabiah affirmed that the situation of the twin is very stable and the separation surgery is going well in its sixth phase, which is the separation of the urinary system and the separation of the wall of hip, which takes 3 hours.
Dr. Al-Rabiah said that Farah, who was pronounced dead at 12pm, is a parasitic twin and doesn’t have necessary organs to live because she doesn’t have heart, lungs, and brain.
“The surgery is going on as planned successfully, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will record it as the 45th successful twin separation surgery,” Dr. Al-Rabiah said, adding that Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who always lead by example when it comes to humanitarian action.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Namshan, Pediatric Surgery Consultant and a member of the surgical team said that the surgery started at 8 a.m., and the various stages would take up to 15 hours to complete.
Dr. Al Namshan added that Farah doesn’t have necessary organs to live, as she doesn’t have a normal heart, lungs, and trachea and also has cerebral atrophy, therefore she will be treated as a parasitic twin.
The surgery was held at King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital in Riyadh.


Saudi Arabia participates at 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice

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Saudi Arabia participates at 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice

  • Saudi Arabia's pavilion will be under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and the implementation of Misk Art Institute
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will be taking part at the 58th International Art Exhibition 2019, to be held in Venice, Italy with a special pavilion on art in times of crises.

The exhibition will take place from May 11 to November 24, 2019, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The Kingdom's pavilion will be under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and the implementation of Misk Art Institute.

This participation comes under the title "After an illusion" expressing the role of art in times of crisis and political volatility.

Dr. Zahra AlGhamdi was chosen to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on this occasion, while Dr. Iman Al-Jabreen as the pavilion's coordinator and Dr. Nada Shabout, as an academic and technical advisor.

In remarks on the occasion, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture and Chairman of Board of Directors of Misk Art Institute, said the Kingdom's participation comes in light of the interest and patronage of Saudi King Salman and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for culture which has contributed to highlighting the heritage, and national cultural achievements in an unprecedented way.

Prince Badr said the participation at the Venice exhibition shall promote Saudi Arabia’s culture and its various arts, stressing that the presence of a Saudi pavilion at the platform reflects the Kingdom’s important political, historic and cultural stance among world countries.