Tuesday 12 December 2017

Surgeon 'delighted' as twins stable after 14-hour operation

Ralph Riegel

THE Irish surgeon who supervised the operation to successfully separate the Irish conjoined twins, yesterday told of his delight at the outcome.

Cork-born Edward Kiely said: "I can confirm that the twins, Hassan and Hussein, have been separated in a 14-hour operation yesterday.

"The twins are in intensive care and are sedated but stable. We are pleased with how the operation went," he added.

Mr Kiely -- who has been based at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital since the mid 1980s -- is considered one of the top surgeons in the world specialising in the separation of conjoined twins.

Last night, the hospital stressed that the next few days would be very important for Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, and said that updates on their condition would, if necessary, be issued via email.

Surgeons led by Mr Kiely performed their miracle through the 14-hour separation surgery.

The surgeons worked in teams -- each assigned a specific task in the separation procedure.

The surgery, which was meticulously planned for months, left the entire medical team emotionally and physically exhausted by the time it finished before midnight.

But, for Mr Kiely and his specialists, the only focus now is on how their four-month-old patients respond to the gruelling surgery.

The twins were yesterday recovering in the intensive care unit as their parents, Angie and Azzedine, prayed for a miracle of the divine kind.

It may even be August before the family can relocate back to Cork given the rehabilitation needs of the twins following their marathon surgery.

Irish Independent

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