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Saudi Arabia adds new achievement to its record of separation of conjoined twins

Riyadh, August 05, 2022, SPA—The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to make new achievements and successes to enhance its leading role in various fields worldwide, in light of the unlimited support to all sectors, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

The Kingdom added to its record of successes a new achievement in the medical and humanitarian field, after conducting the 52nd separation procedure of Siamese twins, one of the most complex and delicate operations in the world, since the first operation of this kind took place in 1990 through the launch of the Saudi Medical Program to separate conjoined twins, which has been running for three decades and has been receiving cases of Siamese twins from around the world, where the number of cases that has been studied and evaluated so far amounted to 124 cases from 23 countries from around the world.

The program is the only one of its kind in the world that covers all the expenses of the operation, treatment, and post-operation rehabilitation, in addition to hosting the parents of the twins to keep them in the company of their children while undergoing the operation and during the recovery period.

The separation procedures are performed by specialized Saudi medical teams, whose number could reach up to 35 specialists, including doctors and surgeons, as well as technicians and nurses, while the time duration of the total operations is approximately 600 hours, including an operation that lasted for 23.5 consecutive hours.

This achievement reflects the lofty human gesture of the Saudi government and its keenness to provide welfare to other people, regardless of any considerations. It also reflects Saudi medical excellence, which comes in line with the objectives of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 in developing the health sector and raising its quality and efficiency.

Source: Saudi Press Agency