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Travel Plea: Conjoined Newborns in Gaza Need to Be in Better Hands, Doctors Say

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A doctor checks on conjoined twin sisters born on Saturday at Shifa hospital in Gaza City. (Adel Hana/AP)

By    |   Monday, 23 October 2017 01:18 PM

A travel plea for conjoined twins born in Gaza over the weekend has been issued by doctors there who say the infants desperately need care outside of the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

Dr. Allam Abu Hamda, a neonatal specialist at Gaza's Shifa Hospital, said the twin girls were born on Saturday, joined at the stomach and pelvis, Agence France-Presse reported.

He explained that the girls' complicated condition "cannot be dealt with in the Gaza Strip, so we hope they will be transferred abroad for a separation."

CTV reported the sisters were delivered by caesarean section.

In most cases, conjoined twins usually die within 24 hours however the girls were currently in a stable condition.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the separation of conjoined twins requires precision and care and the surgery carries a high risk.

Doctors first need to use advanced methods that include magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and angiography, to establish what organs the twins share.

Only then can they assess whether it is possible to separate the twins and, if the surgery is performed, the twins will then require intensive rehabilitation.

Palestinian hospitals do not have the equipment or expertise to provide the twins with the care they require and to determine whether a separation could be safely performed, doctors said.

Abu Hamda told the Times of Israel that it looked like one of the babies was “suffering” and that their chances of survival would rely on how quickly they could be transferred.

A request to receive treatment abroad has been put forth to the Palestinian Health Ministry and doctors now await a response.

“We don’t know which center can deal with this,” Abu Hamda said, per the Times of Israel.

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