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Syria conjoined twins living in Turkiye airlifted to Saudi Arabia for surgery

May 22, 2023 at 8:23 pm

A helicopter of Turkish Armed Forces carries humanitarian aid and dispatches wounded earthquake survivors to hospitals in near cities of Turkiye after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit multiple provinces of Turkiye, on February 21, 2023 in Adana, Turkiye [Ozan Efeoğlu – Anadolu Agency]

Syrian conjoined twins, Ihsan and Bessem Salih, have been airlifted from Turkiye to Saudi Arabia for surgery, as part of Riyadh’s humanitarian aid activities, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The transfer of two-and-a-half year of twins living in Turkiye’s capital, Ankara, was facilitated with the instruction of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, of Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi private plane, carrying the twins and their parents, departed from Ankara Esenboga Airport.

Saudi Arabia to perform 57th surgery to separate twins

Mohammed Yousef Alharbi, Saudi Arabia’s charge d’Affaires in Ankara, told reporters at the airport that the twins will undergo a surgery to be separated after examination.

“This will be the 57th operation in Saudi Arabia’s program for separating conjoined twins. It was initiated in 1990. The operation will be successful and they will return safely, Inshaallah (God willing). This program is part of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian aid efforts, “Alharbi said.

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Saudi Arabia has carried out many successful surgeries in this field, Alharbi said. “Such surgeries take hours after necessary examinations. We have performed 56 successful surgeries, so far.”

About the family’s transfer, he said: “Our embassy has carried out all the work for the transfer of the family. A special evacuation plane arrived from Saudi Arabia, and now the plane has departed with them.”

‘We do everything for their well-being’

Mahmud Salih, the father of the twins, said: “Allah has given us an opportunity for the conjoined twins to be separated in Saudi Arabia. The treatment will be at the King Salman Hospital in Saudi Arabia. I hope my children will recover. We trust in Allah.”

He said that it is very difficult to take care of the twins when they fell sick.

“We do everything for their well-being,” he added.

The father, who has been living in Turkiye for more than two years, said the Turkish people also supported them a lot in this process.

Lubabe Salih, the mother of the twins, also said Turkish people helped them during their stay in the country, adding that she hopes that her children will recover soon after the surgery.

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