Siamese twins die of complications

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Apr 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Siamese twins flown in on a mercy flight by the RMAF from Kuala Pilah to Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) last Monday, passed away yesterday due to breathing complications. 

Mohd Khairul Ihwan Ishak and Mohd Khairul Azwan Ishak, 22 days old, were confirmed dead at 9.10am, said HKL paediatric surgeon Dr Zakaria Zahari. 

He said the twins, who were conjoined from the chest to the navel, shared one heart, which resulted in insufficient blood supply being channelled to them. 

He said they had also been in unstable condition since they were flown in to HKL. 

“When they are conjoined at the heart or share one heart, it is impossible to separate them without causing any implications to the two babies,” explained Dr Zakaria. 

He said that in such cases, chances for living were between 40% to 50%. 

The bodies of the twins were buried at their home at Felda Bukit Rokan. – Bernama 

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