Vietnamese conjoined twins await surgery

HA GIANG - Conjoined twins, born here last Sunday, have been transferred to the Ha Noi-based Central Paediatrics Hospital for separation surgery, doctors at the northern province's General Hospital said.

The pregnant mother was first admitted to hospital in good condition, having received few pre-natal check-ups previously. Doctors found the twin babies to be conjoined and decided on surgery to save their lives.

The 4kg twins have their chests and bellies attached, have two kidneys, one female sex organ and no anus. They have normal arms and legs, doctors said, adding that they were receiving special treatment due to weakness following birth.

As the first such case in the province, it was the 21-year-old ethnic minority mother's first delivery.

The hospital board of managers and doctors supported her with VND5 million (S$300) after the birth.