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  

  • Another perspective from The Straits Times, a partner of Asia News Network. 

  • Article type: metered
    User Type: anonymous web
    User Status:
    Campaign ID: 1
    Cxense type: free
    User access status: 3
    Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
       

    Next In Regional

    Housewife weeps in court after fined RM9,000 for insulting King
    Covid-19: Cases climb above 17,000 again, Selangor highest with 5,836
    Transport Ministry gets approval to open up additional industry vaccination centres
    Motion to debate EO to be tabled in September, says PM
    Tencent shares dive after Chinese media brand online games ‘spiritual opium’
    6.0 magnitude quake jolts western Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued
    Covid-19: Another grim record with 219 deaths on Monday (Aug 2)
    Hong Kong police arrest two men in crackdown on website selling more than 30,000 upskirt photos and videos
    Myanmar shadow government condemns army ruler for taking PM role
    Grab's sales jump 39% in Q1, ahead of record SPAC deal

    Stories You'll Enjoy


    Vouchers