The battle to separate Safa and Marwa
July 16, 2019 11:04 AM   Subscribe

The BBC tells the story of separating a pair of conjoined infant twins, from funding and visa issues to surgeries to aftermath.
posted by Catseye (4 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
A very good longform article. Medicine and humanity.
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 3:08 PM on July 16, 2019 [1 favorite]

THE BABIES LIVE! The babies end the story okay. They are okay.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 3:51 PM on July 16, 2019 [4 favorites]

The surgery is so intricate and so brutal at the same time. Teasing apart all of those tiny veins, and then the reconstruction of the skulls, which seems so crude. I hope both little girls thrive.

I have so many questions about their lives before the surgery, though. How on earth do you feed, bathe, and care for newborns that are conjoined?
posted by Rora at 6:43 PM on July 16, 2019

bathing and changing them could actually be easier, since there's a solid anchor point on one end. feeding and dressing them would be as bad as ever, with the added fillip that nothing can be pulled over the head.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 8:53 AM on July 17, 2019

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