Conjoined twins to undergo life-changing separation surgery
Conjoined Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa are expected to undergo life-changing separation surgery in Victoria following weeks of preparation.
Surgeons at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital are confident the operation will go ahead today, with the 15-month-old girls thought to be strong enough for the six-hour procedure.
The operation has previously been postponed after last-minute checks revealed the sisters were not ready.
Head of paediatric surgery Dr Joe Crameri, who is leading the delicate procedure, is due to provide details of the surgery this morning.
The operation will involve 18 medical staff, with each girl designated a separate team to care for her in theatre, plus nursing and anaesthetic support teams.
The sisters, who were brought to Australia with their mother in October, are joined at the torso and share a liver. It is also possible they share a bowel.
The procedure and recovery are expected to cost at least $350,000 and the state government has offered to pay the bill.
Other funds raised will go towards their rehabilitation and return home.