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Siamese Twins To Be Separated

April 2, 2001

SINGAPORE (AP) _ Ten-month-old Siamese twin girls from a poor Nepalese family will undergo a rare operation to separate their brains this week in Singapore, a Nepalese official said Monday.

Ganga and Jamuna Shrestha will be separated on April 7 by a team of surgeons at Singapore’s General Hospital, said M.N. Swami, Nepal’s consul general in Singapore.

The hospital will not release details about the operation and would not confirm the date of surgery, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The girls are joined at the head _ a rare condition known as vertical craniopagus.

The operation will be risky because the girl’s brains are merged at some points, but they are healthy and a successful separation is possible, Dr. Keith Goh, the chief of the surgery team, said last year.

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