Yemen doctors call for urgent help to save life of conjoined twins in need of surgery
Conjoined twins born in Sanaa seek help from the United Nations (UN) for treatment abroad - Anadolu Agency / Anadolu
Conjoined twins, born in war-torn Yemen on Wednesday, are in "critical condition" according to their doctors, who are urgently seeking help.
The boys were born in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which has been controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels since 2014. As in the rest of the country, the economy and the health system were destroyed in years of war and air blockades.
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"An echocardiogram showed that each of the two children had their own heart, although the position of the heart of one of them is abnormal," Majda al-Khatib, director of Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sanaa, told AFP.
She added that the hospital did not have the necessary equipment to determine exactly "which organs are connected".
The war in Yemen has resulted in what the UN calls the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in the world. The country of 30 million people is plagued by conflict, hunger, disease and now the coronavirus. The current conditions of the hospitals in Sanaa make treating complex cases such as twins almost impossible.
To make access to treatment more difficult, Sanaa airport is closed due to an air blockade imposed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that has been waging war against Iran-backed Shiite Houthis in Yemen since 2015.
Newborn twins lie in an incubator in the intensive care unit for children of al-Sabeen hospital in Yemen's capital Sanaa - MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP
According to Dr. Khatib "certainly has the option for them (the twins) to leave Yemen in order to be separated if the relevant authorities work together."
"That's important and important," she said.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Aid Center in Saudi Arabia tweeted on Friday that they were ready "to have their cases examined by medical doctors in Saudi Arabia and to examine the possibility of a separation."
Dr. Khatib said the Ministry of Health is pleading with the United Nations to provide medical care to children abroad.
"UNICEF is exploring all options to get the babies out of Yemen so they can be treated," Juliette Touma, communications director for the UN Middle East agency, told the Telegraph.
In February 2019, another pair of conjoined twins, who were born in Sana'a and in dire need of help, died just two weeks after they were born.
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