Fri, 31 May 2002

Siamese twins born in Bogor

BOGOR: The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) Hospital in Bogor has formed a special team to handle the Siamese twin babies born in the hospital on Tuesday.

The babies, both females, are joined at the chest and abdomen or thoraco abdominophagus.

Dr. Agil Salim, a surgeon at the hospital, said the twins share one heart, two lungs and one liver, but that they each have normal intestines.

The babies weigh 5.6 kilograms and are 41 centimeters long.

The team was considering the possibility of performing an operation to separate them. --JP