Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated by surgery in Australia

The twins flew to Australia last month for the groundbreaking operation. Source 7NewsMore

"There weren't any things inside the girls' tummies that we weren't really prepared for", he said.

He said the next 24 to 48 hours would be critical to their recovery, but was optimistic about the outcome.

According to Herald Sun, a newspaper based in Melbourne, Nima and Dawa would be taken for surgery after 8am (Melbourne time) on Novermber 9, where they will be known as Green and Red to avoid mix ups.

Doctors faced a hard challenge separating the girls; until the first cut was made, they didn't know how many organs the twins shared.

Dr. Joe Crameri, head of paediatric surgery at Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital, said in a press conference Friday that the successful surgery was a "relief" and a "joy". The girls' mother, Bhumchu Zangmo, was both nervous and happy about the operation to separate the twins finally taking place, said Elizabeth Lodge, chief executive of the Children First Foundation that's assisting the family.

She will spend Friday praying and meditating.

"She just wants that quietness and finds it peaceful", Lodge said.

Sherub first met the girls when they were only a day old and played a major role in getting the twins to Australia, having already spent time in the country as the victor of a medical scholarship.

"She still has this extraordinary calmness about her, which is just fantastic".

Twins Nima and Dawa were born conjoined, but spent their first moments apart Friday after a miracle surgery at an Australian hospital to separate them.

The operation will involve 18 medical staff, with each girl designated a separate team to care for her in theatre, plus nursing and anaesthetic support teams.

Dr Sherub first met the girls when they were only a day old and played a major role in getting the twins to Australia, having already spent time in the country as the victor of a medical scholarship.

Carers say the twins have improved enormously since they arrived in Melbourne last month, putting on a combined two kilograms and growing in confidence. A few of the muscles on her limbs are not developed, because they have not been used. Before the surgery, doctors at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital were unsure if the two also shared a bowel - which would have been an added complication.

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