Adoptive dad of twins to complain


SINGAPORE : The adoptive father of deceased Iranian twin sisters Laleh and Ladan Bijani plans to lodge a complaint against the Singapore hospital and the medical team who undertook the separation operation, news reports said yesterday. 

“I am upset of course,” Channel News Asia quoted Alireza Safaian as saying. 

Safaian, who is a doctor, said in Teheran that he planned to lodge a complaint against Raffles Hospital and the medical team “who undertook this high risk and uncertain operation and killed my two children who had a life.” 

The 29-year-old twins fused at the head died within 90 minutes of each other on Tuesday, after an international team of doctors in Singapore separated them. 

The specialists joining Dr Keith Goh came from the United States, France, Japan, Switzerland and Nepal. 

The sisters, who had not been in contact with their adoptive family for 18 months, consistently said they no longer wanted to continue living conjoined and accepted the high risks. 

The operation, involving 28 specialists and 100 support staff, ended in tragedy when the women died from massive blood loss on the operating table after doctors separated their brains. 

The doctors “have requested time off to rest and recover from the operation,” the hospital said in response to requests for interviews. 

“We will get in touch with you once they are ready to speak,” the statement added. 

Earlier Raffles said it would use the money committed by the Iranian government for a fund to treat needy neurological patients. 

It would set up the fund with the US$300,000 (RM1.14mil) pledged by Iran for the operation, said executive chairman Loo Choon Yang at a memorial service at the facility. 

The money will be used to help “treat needy patients with chronic and complex neurological and neurosurgical conditions,” he said. 

The Ladan and Laleh Memorial Fund will be administered by a non-profit charity organisation. 

Meanwhile the twins' bodies arrived in their home province of Fars yesterday. They will be buried in the village of Lohrasb, 1,100km southwest of Teheran, today, their parents said. – dpa/AP  

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