Libyan conjoined twins will come to Riyadh for treatment

The case of Ahmed and Mohammed is being studied as part of the Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program. (SPA)
Updated 07 October 2019

Libyan conjoined twins will come to Riyadh for treatment

  • Medical teams will look into possibility of separating them

RIYADH: In accordance with the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Libyan conjoined twins will arrive in Riyadh on Monday. Ahmed and Mohammed will be transferred to King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital, where medical teams will study their condition and look into the possibility of separating them.
“The twins were born under difficult conditions in Tripoli on June 24, 2019. They are attached at the lower abdomen and pelvic areas, and share the lower digestive, urinary and reproductive systems and pelvis,” said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, and head of the medical team.
“Each of them has a lower limb in addition to a third deformed limb in between. They were born without an anus, which obliged doctors in Libya to provide them with a temporary one through surgery.”
The case of Ahmed and Mohammed is being studied as part of the Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program.
In case surgery is approved, they will become the 48th set of twins to undergo the procedure in one of the largest separation programs in the world.
“This humanitarian initiative comes as recognition of the difficulties sisterly Libya is facing. It reflects the Kingdom’s leading humanitarian role in dozens of affected and needy countries,” Al-Rabeeah said.


Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

  • Visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport
  • Railway inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018

JEDDAH: Saudi Transport Minister and Director-General of the Saudi Railway Organization (SAR), Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, visited the Haramain High-Speed Railway’s Al-Sulaimaniyah station and the King Abdul Aziz International Airport station in Jeddah on Thursday to check on preparations to resume operations at the two sites.

Al-Jasser was accompanied by Public Transport Authority Chairman Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, SAR CEO Bashar Al-Malik and other officials.

The visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport to serve airline passengers and Jeddah residents.

The service was halted on Sept. 29, 2019 after a fire broke out at the station in Jeddah, which left 11 people injured. The blaze, which was centered in the roof of the station, lasted for 15 hours.

As the first high-speed electric train in the region, the Haramain High-Speed Railway spans over 450km, connecting five stations across Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.

The railway was inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018. 

The project is in line with the objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plans, the main goal of which is to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the holy places. Officials described it as the biggest transportation project of its kind in the region.