Conjoined twins abandoned
Conjoined twins with two heads, four hands and two feet were abandoned at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday.
Two people came to the hospital's emergency ward with the twins around 2:00am on Saturday, said hospital sources.
Associate Prof Shahnoor Islam, who is supervising the treatment of the newborn twins, said they have some breathing problems and might have complicacy in their hearts.
“They were given IV [intravenous] saline. Some medical examinations will be conducted to know their exact physical condition,” she observed.
Prof Shahnoor said, “It will be difficult to separate them since they might be sharing the same abdomen.”
DMCH Deputy Director Dr Khwaja Abdul Gafur said, “A person aged 40 to 45 came to the Paediatric Surgery unit with the twins. He was advised by the duty doctor to buy a form for their admission. He left the twins and did not return.”
“As the twins have no guardian at the moment, they were admitted by the ward master Zillur Rahman at ward-205.”
“Doctors from different departments are observing their conditions. The conjoined twins weighed 3.5kg during admission.”
“We will observe the condition of the conjoined twins first and run various tests to make sure whether their organs are intact or they share the same ones, then we will proceed,” the deputy director said, adding, “The hospital will bear the expenses.”
The twins move from time to time, urinate and also cry, said Nasima Akther Beauty, the maid who is taking care of them.
As the news spread, people from all walks of life gathered at the unit to see the twins, who might be two-day-old. Many were also trying to take photographs.
Security has been increased to avoid any unwanted situation, doctors said.