Conjoined twins Safa, Marwa separated after 50-hour surgery in London


LONDON: Conjoined twins born with their skulls and blood vessels fused together, have been separated after  50 hours of  operation at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Hailing from Charsadda, Safa and Marwa Ullah had to undergo three major surgeries before they could finally lead independent lives.

The first operation was conducted in October 2018 when they were 19 months old and the last operation was performed on 11th Feb 2019. The expenses for the operation were borne by Pakistani businessman Murtaza Lakhani.

The girls’ mother, Zainab Bibi, 34, exclaimed: “We are indebted to the hospital and to the staff, and we would like to thank them for everything they have done. We are extremely excited about the future.”

Zainab, a mother of seven, lost her husband to a heart attack whilst she was pregnant with Safa and Marwa.

Neurosurgeon Noor ul Owase Jeelani and craniofacial surgeon Professor David Dunaway headed the team that operated on the girls. Mr Jeelani, a neurosurgeon at GOSH, and Professor Dunaway, head of the hospital’s craniofacial unit, stated: “We are delighted we have been able to help Safa and Marwa and their family.”

The girls have now shifted to an address in London with their mother, grandfather Mohammad Sadat Hussain, 57, and uncle, Mohammad Idrees.