In a remarkable medical feat, conjoined twins Riddhi and Siddhi, born last year joined from the chest and stomach, have been successfully separated through a groundbreaking surgery at AIIMS Delhi. The surgery, lasting over 12 hours, was conducted on June 8, and the dedicated medical team at AIIMS ensured the twins' safe separation, offering a new lease of life to these adorable little fighters.
Diagnosis and the Road to AIIMS
The journey of Riddhi and Siddhi began when they were diagnosed as "thoracoomphalopagus" conjoined twins during the fourth month of their mother's pregnancy.
Thoracoomphalopagus is a rare and complex type of conjoined twinning, where the bodies of the twins are fused at the chest and stomach. It is a medical condition that occurs during the early stages of fetal development when the embryo splits partially but fails to separate completely, leading to the formation of conjoined twins.
The term "Thoracoomphalopagus" is derived from Greek words: "thorax" meaning chest, "omphalos" meaning navel or belly button, and "pagus" meaning fixed or united. In this type of conjoined twins, they share a common chest wall and often have their hearts and other vital organs situated closely together, making the separation surgery extremely complex and challenging.
Originally from UP's Bareilly, the family was referred to AIIMS Delhi, a renowned medical institution with a stellar track record in pediatric surgery. The referral was crucial in ensuring that the twins received the best possible treatment plan for their birth and subsequent separation.
The Birth and ICU Stay
Riddhi and Siddhi were born on July 7 of last year, embarking on a challenging journey from the moment they entered the world. Due to the complexities of their condition, they were immediately admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to closely monitor their health and provide essential medical support.
The twins displayed remarkable resilience as they spent five months in the ICU, surrounded by a team of skilled doctors and nurses dedicated to their care. This period was crucial for their growth and development, allowing the medical team to prepare them for the eventual separation surgery.
The Groundbreaking Surgery
On June 8 of this year, the medical team at AIIMS Delhi embarked on a historic surgery to separate Riddhi and Siddhi. The surgery, lasting an astonishing 12.5 hours, required precision, skill, and teamwork from the expert surgeons, anesthesiologists, and support staff involved.
Led by Dr. Minu Bajpai, the head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at AIIMS, the team approached the complex surgery with determination and a commitment to success. Dr. Bajpai's expertise and experience in pediatric surgeries were instrumental in ensuring the twins received the best care possible.
Post-Surgery Progress and Recovery
Following the successful separation, the twins were closely monitored during their recovery phase. The medical team at AIIMS ensured that Riddhi and Siddhi received the best post-operative care to promote healing and minimize any complications.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the hospital expressed its joy and relief over the twins' positive response to the surgery. The progress made by Riddhi and Siddhi delighted their family, who had endured months of anticipation and concern.
The inspiring tale of Riddhi and Siddhi, conjoined twins from Bareilly, is a testament to the wonders of modern medicine and the unbeatable spirit of human resilience. Thanks to the skilled team of doctors and the world-class facilities at AIIMS Delhi, these young fighters now have the opportunity to lead separate and fulfilling lives.
Their successful separation surgery will undoubtedly serve as a beacon of hope for many families facing similar challenges, assuring them that with unwavering determination, advanced medical expertise, and compassionate care, miracles are possible. As Riddhi and Siddhi continue to grow and thrive, they will undoubtedly inspire generations to come.