Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated at Australian hospital , Australia/NZ News & Top Stories

The twins flew to Australia last month for the groundbreaking operation. Source 7NewsMore

"If they don't share much of a connection beyond what we have seen on scans, we should nearly finish by 4pm".

The twins, who were delivered by C-section, flew to Australia last month for the surgery that would finally divide them.

A team of medical experts emerged from theatre on Friday afternoon after the six-hour procedure, proudly declaring that the 15-month-old girls, who were joined at the torso and shared a liver, had been separated.

The head of paediatric surgery, Dr Joe Crameri, led the operation and said "the best part of the surgery is there were no highs and there were no lows" during it.

The girls were separated for the first time in a six-hour surgery at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.

Doctors had been concerned that the sisters may share a bowel, but discovered that they were not.

Dr Crameri said it was a "joy" to inform their mother, Bhumchu Zangmo, of the success - saying she had been "very grateful".

Their operation was previously postponed after last-minute checks revealed the sisters were not ready, giving them more time to gain weight and grow stronger.

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Born via a caesarean section previous year, the girls are believed to be Bhutan's first conjoined twins.

"We saw two young girls very ready for surgery, were able to cope very well with the surgery and now in recovery doing very well, " he said.

The family stayed in a retreat outside Melbourne run by the Children First Foundation, a charity which also raised the money to support the Australian surgery.

The case of two U.S. boys joined at the top of their skulls attracted global attention in 2016 as doctors successfully operated to separate them.

She spent Friday praying and meditating.

The Victorian government has offered to pay for the procedure and recovery, expected to cost at least A$350,000 (US$254,740).

It is thought the next 24 to 48 hours will be critical to their recovery, but Dr Crameri is optimistic about the outcome, stating that the team feel "quietly confident that we will have a good result". Crameri said he was not able to determine the extent to which their organs were connected ahead of the surgery.

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