Twins determined to go ahead with high-risk op

DISPLAYING a defiant optimism, Iranian adult twins who are joined at the head said in Singapore yesterday they were determined to go ahead with a historic operation to separate them even though they knew it could kill them. 

“We are hoping the surgery will be successful,” Ladan Bijani told reporters in a rare press conference to discuss next month's attempt to make medical history. 

“We feel happy, excited and a little bit nervous, especially me.” 

Ladan and her more reserved sister, Laleh, are 29 years old, and the operation to separate them at Singapore's Raffles Hospital would be the first time doctors have attempted the incredibly complex surgery on adult twins. 

The co-leader of the surgery team, Keith Goh, successfully separated Nepalese babies in Singapore in 2001 but he has conceded the four-day operation could kill one or both of them. 

Asked why they were so intent on going ahead with the high-risk operation, the twins said they had individual dreams. 

Both are qualified lawyers and Ladan wants to pursue a career in the legal profession while Laleh has ambitions of becoming a journalist. 

But other, more simple desires, also drive them. 

“We (would) like to see each others' face without the mirror,” said Laleh. – AFP  

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