Conjoined twins 'can't be without each other' after separation


Formerly conjoined twins Nima and Dawa are thriving after their life-changing separation surgery in Melbourne.

They still have a long way to go and are slowly adjusting to individual lives, but for now they can’t bear to be too far apart.

It’s clear that a week on from surgery, the two girls still have an unbreakable bond.

Nima and Dawa lie in their hospital bed following a successful separation surgery. Source: AAP

“We try and have them a little bit apart but they do a little ‘bum shuffle’ back together and have their legs intertwined,” Royal Children Hospital’s Kellie Smith said.

“We did have them in two beds but they didn’t like that at all, so they’re in the one bed together and they’re happy close with each other.

“It’s beautiful to see.”

The girls were separated during a six-hour surgery last Friday.

Conjoined twins Nima and Dawa were separated during a six-hour surgery last Friday. Source: 7 News

The 15-month-old girls have been bringing plenty of smiles to the nurses on their ward.

“When they’re watching The Wiggles they’ll do little dance moves with their hands, it’s really nice to see them separated but still really happy,” Royal Children’s Hospital’s Megan Collins said.

Surgeon Joe Crameri says the girls’ abdomens are healing well and they are seeing a physiotherapist to build up their muscle strength.

When the girls are well enough they will go back to the Children First Foundation’s retreat in Kilmore where they will be looked after by a team of nurses and physiotherapists.

Doctors are still unsure exactly when the little girls will be able to go back home to their home in Bhutan.

Surgeon Joe Crameri says the girls’ abdomens are healing well and they are seeing a physiotherapist to build up their muscle strength. Source: AAP