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Tuesday, 10 April, 2001, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Singapore twins operation a success

Surgeons in Singapore have succeeded in separating conjoined -- or Siamese -- twins in one of the longest operations in medical history.

The procedure of parting the eleven-month-old sisters from Nepal who were joined at the head lasted more than ninety hours.

The twins are in a stable condition but doctors say it's too early to tell how they will respond to the surgery.

Teams of specialists used computer images to help them divide the girls' brains, which were fused in the same cavity and linked by hundreds of blood vessels that had to be separated individually.

In Nepal, the news of the successful operation was received with jubilation.

The twins have also captured the imagination of the people of Singapore, who donated three-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars to fund the operation.

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