Both of the Bangladeshi Siamese twins conjoined at the head who were successfully separated by a team of Hungarian doctors early in August are in a stable condition, the Foundation for Defenceless People that organised the operation told MTI on Wednesday. Rokaiya, who had been kept in a medically induced coma after suffering a viral infection, has opened her eyes on her own, the foundation said in a statement. Rabeya, who has been awake for two weeks, is speaking in complete sentences and eating through her mouth and her mother can hold her, they added. Both twins are in a stable condition after suffering a viral infection, which had made Rokaiya’s condition critical, the foundation said. Doctors expect to be able to draw long-term conclusions from the twins’ conditions in about 3-6 weeks, the statement added.
The twins were separated in a 33-hour operation on August 1-2 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in what was the final step in a series of medical procedures dubbed “Operation Freedom”. The first phase of Operation Freedom, including groundbreaking work to separate the blood flow of the brains, was conducted by a Hungarian team led by István Hudák in Bangladesh in August 2018. Preparatory surgery to separate the twins was performed in Hungary on January 25 this year. During the operation led by Dr Gergely Pataki, the tissue expander system was implanted. The marathon operation in Dhaka earlier this month was carried out by a team of 35 Hungarian doctors and assistants led by András Csókay from Budapest’s Honvéd Hospital.