18 Sep '11, 1pm
British surgeons separate conjoined Sudanese twins
LONDON (AFP) - Surgeons at a British hospital have successfully separated one-year-old conjoined twins from Sudan, the charity which funded the procedure said on Sunday. Baby girls Rital and Ritag Gaboura are craniopagus twins, meaning they were born joined at the head. While conjoined twins are very rare, craniopagus twins are even rarer, and only one in ten million sufferers survive to infancy. One month after their separation on Aug 15, however, they are happy and do not appear to be suffering any neurological side effects from the operation, according to British charity Facing the World. After their birth on Sept 22, 2010, in Khartoum, the twins' parents asked the charity to fund and organise their possible separation.