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Separating conjoined twins

Separating conjoined twins

Waikato Hospital paediatric surgeon Askar Kukkady (centre) works with colleagues to separate conjoined twins in October 2004. The result was successful, and the two children now enjoy a normal life. The major procedure, which involved nearly 40 staff – including seven surgeons, four anaesthetists, nurses and other team members from Waikato and other hospitals – required five months of planning. It was a triumph for Waikato Hospital, which provides specialist services to Waikato, Coromandel Peninsula, King Country and Rotorua.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Education and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/27154/separating-conjoined-twins (accessed 12 December 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 9 Jul 2015