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Jakarta Post

50 doctors to separate conjoined twins in Medan

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Tue, July 16, 2019   /   07:18 am
50 doctors to separate conjoined twins in Medan Doctors perform surgery. (Shutterstock/File)

Apriadi Gunawan
About 50 doctors will be involved in the surgery that will separate conjoined twins at the Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, on July 23.

The surgery of the North Tapanuli regency's twins will be aided by both the hospital and Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS).

Adam Malik Hospital treatment and medical director Zainal Safri said the expected two-day surgery will be performed after the hospital's anniversary, with the estimated cost to be Rp 700 million (US$50,000).

"[All costs] will be covered by the hospital and BPJS. [The twins'] family will not have to pay anything," Zainal told reporters on Monday.

The surgery's team leader, Guslihan Dasa Tjipta, said the condition of the twins, named Adam and Malik, was good so far. Moreover, they were ready for separation after seven months of being attached to one another through their abdomen.

"There is a 4.2-centimeter part in their abdominal area that attaches them to one another. We will separate it," Guslihan said.

The 50 doctors who will be involved in the operation include a pediatrician, surgeon, pediatric surgeon, plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist. All experts will be from the Adam Malik Hospital, Guslihan added.

Conjoined twins Adam and Malik were born on Nov. 22, 2018, in Sibolga General Hospital. The twins were the sons of 29-year-old Juliadi Silitonga and 25-year-old Nurida Sihombing. (asp)