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    ذكرت مصادر في السفارة السعودية في الجزائر لـ''الخبر'' أمس، أن الملك السعودي عبد الله بن عبد العزيز أصدر أمرا بالإسراع بالتكفل بحالة الطفلتين الجزائريتين سارة وإكرام، اللتين ولدتا حديثـا، وإنهاء معاناتهما المتمثـلة في التصاقهما معًا في منطقة أسفل البطن.

    وتقوم السفارة السعودية في الجزائر حاليا، حسب نفس المصادر، بالإجراءات الخاصة بالسفر إلى المملكة لإجراء عملية الفصل بأحد مستشفيات المملكة، على نفقة الملك عبد الله.

    يذكر أن ولادة الطفلتين تمت عن طريق عملية قيصرية قبل أكثـر من شهرين، ثـم اكتشف الأطباء أنها ولادة لتوأمين سياميين لا يتعدى وزنهما 5 كيلوغرامات. كما اكتشفوا أن جهازيهما الهضمي والتنفسي في أسوإ حالاته، بالإضافة إلى عدم قدرة والدتهما على إرضاعهما.

    وحسب والدة التوأم السيدة غنية بوخبزة، فإنها لم تكن تعرف حالتهما قبل الولادة وكانت سعيدة بحملها بتوأم، لكن عقب ولادتهما، فوجئت بالتصاقهما ومعاناتهما على تلك الحالة، بالرغم من أن ولديها الآخرين حسام وليلى وُلدا في حالة طبيعية.

    أما والد الطفلتين الكفيف حسين بوخبزة، فقد أوضح أنه لا تتوفر لديه الإمكانيات المادية لإجراء العملية للتوأم الملتصق، كما أن المستشفيات في الجزائر لا تستطيع إجراء مثـل تلك العمليات المعقدة، داعيا الجهات المسؤولة في الدول الأخرى، مثـل السعودية وغيرها، إلى مساعدة التوأم.

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    January 15, 2011 -- Algerian conjoined twins Sarah and Ikram will be brought to the Kingdom for a separation surgery following a special directive from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the Ministry of Health announced here on Friday. The king, who is convalescing in New York following a successful back surgery, issued the order following an appeal from the father of the twins. "On an appeal made to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah by the father of Sarah and Ikram, the monarch has instructed the Ministry of Health to conduct a feasibility study to work out the surgery for the separation of the conjoined infants," Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said on Friday. The Saudi Embassy in Algiers has already started taking steps to bring the twins to the King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC), the minister said. The Saudi mission is in touch with the twins' father to facilitate their travel to the Kingdom, he noted. "The Algerian babies have a conjoined pelvis apart from the possibility of shared reproductive and urinary organs and alimentary canal and even a joined lower end of spinal cord," said Al-Rabeeah, who heads the mutidisciplinary medical team for conjoined-twins' separations. He added that preliminary medical tests will be conducted on the twins at the KAMC to ascertain the success rate of the proposed surgery. The minister said that twins should arrive in the Kingdom in the coming weeks and his surgical team would start the preliminary tests as soon as the infants arrive. The Kingdom sends an air ambulance to ferry such twins from their native countries to the Kingdom. The carrier is equipped with medical apparatus supported by a medical staff. The parents of the twins are also brought to the Kingdom and they are given lodging facilities in the hospital premises. Saudi Arabia has a team of top surgeons in the separation of twins with the experience of treating 63 twins from 17 countries of which 28 have been successful. The remaining cases were not fit for separation owing to health reasons, he said in the statement.


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      RIYADH, March 17, 2011 — A pair of Algerian conjoined twin girls have undergone separation surgery in the Saudi capital. Chief surgeon Dr. Abdullah al-Rabia, who is also Saudi Health Minister, said Thursday's operation was expected to last 12 hours, with a 75 per cent chance of success. Sarah and Ekram, the 4-month-old twins, are conjoined from the hip and share urinary and reproductive organs, he said. The girl's father, Hussein Bukhabza, and the mother, who appealed for help from Saudi King Abdullah, were flown to Riyadh with the girls on a special medical plane. The king is footing the bill for the surgery. Al-Rabia has performed 28 successful surgeries on conjoined twins from 17 countries at the King Abdul-Aziz Medical City for the National Guard in Riyadh.


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        RIYADH, March 18, 2011 -- Algerian conjoined twins Ekram and Sarah were successfully separated at Riyadh’s National Guard Hospital Thursday. Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeah, Minister of Health, led the marathon operation with a team of doctors that started the surgical procedure early Thursday. The reconstruction of incisions was started after the conjoined twins were separated at 5:15 P.M. It took about 12 hours to complete the surgical operation. The Algerian conjoined twins accompanied with their parents arrived from Algeria on March 2 after King Abdullah’s directive for the surgical operation. Dr. Al-Rabeah, who is also chairman of the surgical team, conducted a series of clinical tests before setting up multi-disciplinary surgical team that met to decide upon the scheduled separation. Al-Habeeb Adami, Ambassador of Algeria, thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his humanitarian gesture. The twins’ parents also thanked King Abdullah, who, they said, has ‘become a symbol of hope for many children around the world’. Earlier, the marathon surgery was conducted in eight various phases that include multidisciplinary medical experts from areas such as urology, pediatric, neurosurgery, orthopedics and plastic surgery for reconstruction of incisions. Phase 1 of the surgical operation started at about 7.30 A.M. with a team that administered anesthesia. The National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh has so far seen a total number of 48 sets of conjoined twins from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Morocco, Iraq, Cameroon, Oman and Syria. The Algerian twins were conjoined at vagina, urethra, anus and lower part of the rectum. It took about three hours for the surgical team to separate spinal cord, which started in the phase 6 by the neurosurgical medical experts.


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          RIYADH, March 18, 2011 -- A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, pediatricians and nurses led by Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah successfully separated four-month-old conjoined twin girls at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh on Thursday. Algerian twins Sarah and Ekram were separated during an eight-phase marathon surgery that began at 7:30 a.m. and lasted until 6 p.m. The operation was carried out in line with the instructions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. “The girls currently are recovering,” said Al-Rabeeah, adding that the twins are expected to leave hospital within a few weeks from now. The girls were conjoined from the hip and also shared urinary and reproductive organs.

          The girls were flown to Riyadh with their parents on a special medivac plane ordered by the king on March 2. Al-Rabeeah said that the separation of the two genitals and two urethras was completed in the morning phase, followed by separation of the anus and the lower part of the rectum. “In fact, the twins were also sharing the lower part of the rectum and the anal canal,” said Al-Rabeeah, adding that the separation of the spinal cord was very risky and took about three hours. “We started closing the wounds of the two girls at around 3:15 in the afternoon,” said Al-Rabeeah. The medical team first discussed the situation of the twins and gave a detailed explanation to the parents on the procedure and its stages. Al-Rabeeah said the twins underwent a series of clinical tests before the actual surgery started.

          The total cost of airlifting the twin girls and the surgery including post-surgery bills are being paid for by King Abdullah. The twins' parents thanked the king, who they said has “become an instant source of support for such children around the world.” “We are highly indebted to the king and the Kingdom,” said Hussein Bukhabza, the girls' father. They also thanked Al-Rabeeah for his support and for his personal involvement in the surgical procedure despite his busy schedule.

          Al-Rabeeah is internationally known for his expertise in the separation procedures of conjoined twins. He has so far performed 29 successful surgeries on conjoined twins from 18 countries at the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh. Reports of conjoined twins are quite common, but many of them die while separation surgeries are attempted. Actual numbers for conjoined births vary from one in 20,000 to one in 100,000 pregnancies. About 70 percent of conjoined twins are female, the reason for which is unknown.


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            Riyadh, March 22, 2011 -- Sarah and Ikram, the four-month-old Algerian born-conjoined twin girls were in stable condition, said Saudi Health Minister Dr Abdullah Al Rabiah, who led the separation surgery team at the Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Medical City for the National Guard. The girls were flown to Riyadh with their parents on March 2 via a special plane ordered by the Saudi monarch. Before the operation, Al Rabiah had expressed optimism over the success of the operation saying it had a 75 per cent chance of success. The twins were conjoined from the hip and share urinary and reproductive organs. So far, Al Rabiah, who was appointed health minister in February 2009, has performed 28 successful surgeries on conjoined twins from 17 countries. All the surgeries are conducted free of charge upon the initiative of King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. Dr Al Rabiah said in a press statement following his visit to the twins on Monday that their condition is stable and that artificial breathing devices were taken off 24 hours after the surgery carried out on on March 17. He added that Sarah and Ikram began breastfeeding regularly and were due to be discharged from the ICU within the coming few days. "They will be subject to several months rehabilitation programme," he added.


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              عاد التوأم السيامي الجزائري، أمس، من المملكة العربية السعودية، بعد عملية جراحية ناجحة تم خلالها فصلهما بتاريخ 17 مارس المنصرم، وهي العملية التي دامت 11 ساعة، وأشرف عليها فريق طبي سعودي برئاسة الدكتور عبد الله الربيع، وزير الصحة السعودي، على أن تخضعا للرقابة الطبية كل سنة حتى بلوغهما سن السادسة.

              ''أحسست اليوم وأنا أطأ تراب الوطن بعد سفرنا لفصل بنتينا التوأم السيامي، أنهما ولدتا اليوم''، تلك هي الكلمة التي عبّرت بها السيدة بوخبزة غنية، والدة الطفلتين ''سارة'' و''إكرام'' التوأم السيامي اللتين ولدتا متلاصقتين، وعجز الأطباء في الجزائر عن فصلهما. لتجرى لهما العملية بنجاح في السعودية، وهي التقنية المتحكّم فيها بهذا البلد الذي لبّى طلب والد الصغيرتين، بعد نداء نشره عبر إحدى الصحف الجزائرية تداوله فيما بعد موقعا قناتي ''العربية'' و''أم بي سي''، لتتصل به وزارة الصحة السعودية معربة عن استعدادها لاستقبال التوأم السيامي بعد موافقة خادم الحرمين على طلب إجراء عملية الفصل، حيث توجهت الصغيرتان رفقة والديهما إلى مستشفى الرياض في الفاتح من مارس المنصرم، وخضعتا يوم 17 مارس للعملية الجراحية التي دامت 11 ساعة، تابعها الوالدان مباشرة عبر شاشة تلفاز.

              وبعد 09 أيام بالعناية المركزة وفترة استشفاء عادية، تم السماح للصغيرتين بعد النجاح التام للعملية بمغادرة المستشفى والرجوع إلى الجزائر، على أن تخضعا لمراقبة طبية مرة كل سنة حتى بلوغهما السادسة من العمر.

              وعن عملية فصل التوأم، أكد لنا الوالد، السيد بوخبزة حسين، أنها أعطت حياة جديدة للصغيرتين والعائلة التي عانت الأمرّين قبل فصلهما.


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