Saudi medical team separate conjoined twins from Libya

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A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning. (SPA)
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A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning. (SPA)
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A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning. (SPA)
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A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning. (SPA)
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A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning. (SPA)
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A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning. (SPA)
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A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning. (SPA)
Updated 15 November 2019

Saudi medical team separate conjoined twins from Libya

  • A 35-member medical and surgical team began the operation to separate conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning
  • Head of the medical teams says Ahmed and Mohammed are lying on separate beds for the first time

RIYDAH: A Saudi medical team managed to separate Libyan conjoined twins in a complex operation on Thursday at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said that while the operation was still underway, the twins were lying in separate beds.

 

 

The mother of the conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohammed said it was a joy to see they had been separated. “To see Mohammad wrapped separately, I couldn't believe it, my prayers go to the doctor and his team, may their successes continue.”

A video showed the emotional moment when the boys’ father saw them for the first time after the surgery. He broke down in tears before thanking the team of medics

A 35-member surgical team began the operation to separate the twins Ahmed and Mohammed in the morning.

The success rate of the operation, which takes up to 15 hours and is performed through 11 stages, is estimated at 70 percent.

“This case comes from Libya, a country that is enduring big challenges,” Dr. Al-Rabeeah said.

“It is due to our leadership’s initiative that the twins are here, to ease the suffering of the twins and of their parents - one of the humane touches of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Dr. Al-Rabeeah said the operation was the 48th to separate twins in the last 30 years and that the cases came from more than 21 countries.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.