Read a fantastic story about Polish Siamese twins joined at the abdomen, pelvis, buttocks and spine, operated in Saudi Arabia in 2005. Today, the girls are 16 yo and they still keep in touch with the Saudi Arabian doctor who operated on them and the Prince who sponsored everything.
Speaking as the operation went into its fifth hour, Dr. Soud al-Jadaan told a press conference that the team of 50 doctors, technicians and nurses had separated the intestines, urinary systems and sexual organs of the 13-month-old Daria and Olga Kolacz.
The surgery began after the twins had undergone 20 days of medical tests at King Abdul-Aziz Medical City for the National Guard in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to confirm that a safe separation was possible. The cost of the operation is being financed by Crown Prince Abdullah, the kingdom's de facto ruler, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
Crown Prince Abdullah (search) offered to pay medical and travel expenses for the twins and their mother, Wieslawa Dabrowska, after being informed of the case by a Saudi doctor, who learned about the twins from an Internet discussion forum. The family is from Janikowo in central Poland.
The 10-stage operation is expected to last for about 15 hours, it said.