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Bali twin ready to go home
Surviving Bali twin, Baby Green, is ready to go home.

She spent the first three weeks of her life facing her twin sister, their bodies fused from chest to stomach.

In the two months since she has fought an uphill battle to recover from the risky surgery which sacrificed her sister to save her life.

But the tiny girl dubbed Baby Green - born to poor parents in Bali's north - has defied the odds and is expected to be discharged from Denpasar's Sanglah Hospital within days.

Weighing 3.13kg and no longer in the protective shell of a humidicrib, she has spent every day of the past week in her mother's arms as doctors prepare her parents for their baby's release.

"The doctors told us we could take her home soon," her mother, 24-year-old Nyoman Sukarini said yesterday, describing her daughter as "so big and pretty".

"We just held each other and our bodies were shaking because we were so happy," she said.

"I am so excited because being at the hospital every day was like staying in jail for me. I hate the smell and the medicine everywhere."

The conjoined twins, dubbed Baby Green and Baby Blue by doctors, were born to the poor farming couple in late April, joined together from the chest to the stomach.

Baby Blue had hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and had only one heart ventricle.

She fell into a coma three weeks after the twins were born, forcing doctors in Denpasar to bring forward plans for the risky separation surgery, a first for the Bali hospital.

A 25-strong medical team worked through the night in a desperate attempt to separate both girls but Baby Blue died 3½ hours into the operation. Baby Green survived but battled infections on her lungs and in her surgery wounds as her health deteriorated and the odds of her also surviving were seen as slim.

But she fought back and doctors said last week that her wounds had healed so well on their own that plans to carry out plastic surgery had been cancelled.

The baby's release from hospital is an emotional milestone in the girl's fight for life which initially left her mother weak and sick in Bali's north, too poor to travel to Denpasar to see her twin girls, and her husband, Ketut Suardana, camping on concrete outside the city's hospital. An outpouring of support from WA visitors to Bali and a charity set up for the girls by the Love Angel Foundation has raised enough money to allow the couple to rent an apartment near the hospital, where they will stay for the next few months while Baby Green needs regular treatment.

It will also pay for a house in their village on the island's north and training for Nyoman to qualify as a teacher at the village school.

When they are able to go back, their village will hold a ceremony to belatedly give Baby Green a name: Amellia Putri Kadek.