Surviving Chinese twin doing well after separation surgery
An 11-month-old Chinese girl has been recovering well since doctors
separated her from her conjoined sister who died four days after the operation,
doctors said today.
Chen Jingni was off medication and life-support
equipment, said doctors with the Children's Hospital affiliated to Fudan
University, where the operation was carried out on July 6.
Her weight had
increased from 3.8 kilograms after the surgery to 4.27 kilograms and she was
drinking three quarters of a liter of milk a day.
The conjoined twins, from
Taizhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, shared a liver and a digestive tract
and had congenital heart disease, according to doctors.
successfully separated after nearly 13 hours of surgery, but Chen Jingxuan died
from organ failure on July 10.
Chen Jingni had overcome a post-surgery
infection and survived.
All 101 stitches had been removed by Tuesday, doctors
Her mother, Chen Yanfen, was staying alone with her every afternoon.
Doctors said the mother's care would contribute to her recovery.
will return home for a period after her surgical wounds is healed and nutrition
improved, according to the hospital.
Depending on the girl's condition,
surgeons would carry out plastic and reconstructive surgeries on her heart, legs
and pelvic cavity in the future, said doctors.