According to the Saudi Press Agency, a team of highly trained surgeons in Riyadh successfully separated Iraqi conjoined twins Ali and Omar on Thursday. It took a 27-person team of consultants, specialists, nurses, and technicians 11 hours to complete the six-part operation, which was carried out per instructions from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. After the successful surgery, the twins were separated. The twins, who are eight months old, arrived in Riyadh on 11 September 2022 from Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. They had been born on 9 May 2022 with their lower chests and abdomens joined, and they had shared a liver, bile ducts, and intestines.
It was the 54th procedure of its kind in the Saudi Conjoined Twins Programme, and it was performed thanks to the “generous directives of the Saudi leadership,” as explained by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah. Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah is the adviser at the Royal Court and also supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.
Al-Rabeeah, who is also the head of the medical team, noted that in the 32 years that the Saudi program has been in place, 127 sets of conjoined twins have been successfully separated. This fact highlighted the Kingdom’s pioneering role in humanitarian and medical work. He thanked the surgical team and noted that the success reflected the organization’s leadership’s desire to aid the public. He said this was also a reflection of the high quality of Saudi medical care and was consistent with Vision 2030 initiatives to improve the healthcare system and increase its efficiency.
The Iraqi ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Sattar Hadi Al-Janabi, expressed gratitude for the Kingdom’s unending humanitarian aid and assistance, and he lauded the work of the medical team led by Al-Rabeeah. He was overjoyed that the operation to separate the twins went so well. Ali and Omar’s parents also expressed gratitude and thanks to the king and crown prince for the surgery and for providing their children with all necessary treatment.
The Saudi Conjoined Twins Program
In a seven-hour, seven-stage operation last week, the surgical team also successfully separated a set of conjoined Saudi twins who had been joined at the hip and shared a spinal cord. A total of 28 consultants, specialists, nurses, and technicians were needed to carry out the surgery, which King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered.
Hassana and Hussaina, conjoined twins from Nigeria, arrived in Saudi Arabia earlier this month for a free “delicate” separation procedure ordered by King Salman. Nigeria’s envoy to the Kingdom, Yahaya Lawal, said the King had ordered a helicopter to bring the twins and their parents to Riyadh for the operation. Both of these identical twins, born to a Nigerian mother and father, shared a liver.
Over the past 32 years, 127 conjoined twins from 23 countries have been successfully separated thanks to the Saudi program. Numerous lives have been improved thanks to the Kingdom’s forerunner status in the fields of humanitarianism and medicine.