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Youngest Ever Conjoined Twins Separated By Swiss Doctors With 1% Chance Of Success

Update Date: Feb 02, 2016 02:07 PM EST
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Swiss doctors performed a mini miracle. They surgically separated eight-day-old conjoined twin sisters, which has made them the "youngest ever conjoined twins" to be separated, reports Al Arabiya English. nurses and six anaesthesiologists, who took five hours to separate the conjoined twins, Maya and Lydia, who were attached to the liver and chest.

At first, they had been stable, so doctors wondered whether they could let them stay "conjoined" for a few months before they attempted to operate them. But then, the babies became critically ill, with one twin suffering from hypertension, while the other had hypotension.

Each twin weighed just 2.4 pounds each, so the only chance was to perform the first-of-its-kind surgery on the twins.

The conjoined twins had been born last December with another triplet, Kamilla.

"We were prepared for the death of both babies, it was so extreme," said Barbara Wildhaber of the Geneva University Hospital, who participated in the procedure that carried just a 1 percent chance of success, according to BBC News.

Both girls had additional surgical procedures to seal off their abdominal walls. They are now recovering at a pediatric intensive care ward.

The successful surgery thrilled the team.

"It was magnificent! I will remember it my entire career," said Wildhaber.

"The perfect teamwork of physicians and nursing personnel from various disciplines were the key to success here. We are very happy that the children and parents are faring so well now," said Steffen Berger, head of pediatric surgery.

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