Conjoined Twins Born in Palestine – level 3

09-11-2017 07:00

In the Gaza Strip, conjoined twins were born at a hospital after a Caesarean surgery and a full-term pregnancy. The twins are joined at their abdomen and pelvis and have separate heads and lungs.

The hospital is not able to perform a separation surgery, so the twins will need to go to another country. A neonatal doctor explained that the hospitals in Palestine do not normally deal with such cases that need such advanced medical care for Siamese children. The USA and Saudi Arabia have this experience.

Many conjoined twins die after 24 hours, but these twin girls are alive and eating through their mouths.

Difficult words: conjoined twins (twins whose bodies are connected), Caesarean surgery (when doctors cut a mother open to remove her baby or babies), full-term pregnancy (when a baby or babies are born after 9 months), abdomen (the upper body), pelvis (the middle part of the body where the legs come out of), neonatal (relating to a new-born baby), Siamese (an old-fashioned term for conjoined twins).
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