Saturday 19 August 2017

Parents of conjoined twin girls in Egypt call for help to separate them

Egyptian father Islam Hassan watches his conjoined, 10 month old, twin daughters who are attached by the head, Mai and Menna, at their home in Sadat city, about 94 km (58 miles) north-west of Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian father Islam Hassan watches his conjoined, 10 month old, twin daughters who are attached by the head, Mai and Menna, at their home in Sadat city, about 94 km (58 miles) north-west of Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Islam Hassan stands as his wife Fatma Yousry, watches their conjoined, 10 month old, twin daughters who are attached by the head, Mai, right, and Menna, left, at their home in Sadat city, about 94 km (58 miles) north-west of Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian 10 month old, twin girls who are attached by the head, Mai, right, and Menna, left, at their home in Sadat city, about 94 km (58 miles) north-west of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Father Islam Hassan stands close to his wife Fatma Yousry, who holds their conjoined, 10 month old, twin daughters who are attached by the head, Mai, right, and Menna, left, at their home in Sadat city, about 94 km (58 miles) north-west of Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The parents of conjoined twins in Egypt are calling for help to separate the girls, saying they have been unable to find treatment so far.

Fatma Yousry and Islam Hassan said their 10-month-old daughters Mai and Menna, who are joined at the head, are in poor health.

They are worried that the infants could die if they are not separated soon.

Mr Hassan, a farm hand who earns around US$150 (€132) a month, said: "Every day I pray for God to save her, and that one day someone could separate them."

Ms Yousry said she has developed novel techniques for taking care of the sisters, such as always dressing them from the bottom up.

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