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Conjoined twins born in Yemen need treatment abroad to survive

Friday 08/February/2019 - 09:12 AM
Sada El Balad
SANAA (Reuters) - Conjoined twin boys born in Yemen are in urgent need of treatment abroad، but are unable to leave because the war there has closed the capital city’s airport.

Doctors treating two-week-old Abd al-Khaleq and Abd al-Rahim said Yemen’s war-ravaged health system cannot keep them alive، and the parents are poor.

“They need to travel immediately. They will not be able to survive in Yemen under the social، political and economic circumstances in this country،” Doctor Faisal al-Balbali told Reuters in al-Thawra hospital in the capital Sanaa where the boys were born.

The tiny boys، who are being helped to breathe in an incubator، have separate heads.


Within their shared torso they have separate spines، lungs، hearts and digestive systems، but they share a liver، reproductive organs and pair of kidneys، arms and legs between them.

“Even if one is unwell، the other is fine... They are different in every aspect،” al-Balbali said.

The doctors are appealing to the United Nations and international humanitarian organizations to arrange for the boys’ transfer abroad.

edited by: rehab sayed

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