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MELBOURNE: Conjoined Bhutanese twins successfully separated by a team of Australian surgeons are in a stable condition and recovering together in the same cot after their marathon surgery in Melbourne, officials say.

Fifteen-month-old Nima and Dawa — whose names mean “Sun” and “Moon” — and their mother Bhumchu Zangmo, arrived in Australia a month ago with the help of an Australian charity, but doctors had delayed the surgery to ensure the twins were well-enough nourished to survive the operation.

The team of more than 20 doctors and nurses spent six hours operating on the pair, who shared a liver, on Friday and said the following two days would be critical to their recovery.

A spokeswoman of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital said on Sunday both were “in a stable condition” and recovering in a ward.

The twins were placed in separate beds after the procedure, but after waking up, they reached out for each other and a decision was made to put them in the same cot, Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper reported Saturday.

The hospital is expected to release updates on the twins’ conditions over the next few days.

Bhutan is a poor Himalayan kingdom where doctors did not have the expertise to separate the girls, who were joined from the chest to the waist.

Published in Dawn, November 12th, 2018