Surgeon Simon Eccles
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Surgeon: Successful conjoined twin separation 'amazing'

Twins who were born joined at the head have been successfully separated by a team of British doctors.

Baby girls Rital and Ritag Gaboura, who are 11 months old, were separated on 15 August after four operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

They do not appear to have suffered neurological side effects. The chances of surviving the rare condition are put at one in 10 million.

The Sudanese infants were flown to the UK by the charity Facing the World.

Simon Eccles, one of the surgeons who was involved in the procedures to separate the twins and trustee of the charity, described seeing the two girls successfully separated as an "amazing experience".

  • 19 Sep 2011
  • From the section Health
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