Alexa Rabeya opens her eyes, Rokeya still unconscious

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Rabeya opens her eyes, Rokeya still unconscious

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:51 PM, 10 August 2019   Updated: 09:55 PM, 10 August 2019

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Rabeya, one of the conjoined twins separated after mega surgery in Dhaka’s Combined Military Hospital, has opened her eyes.

Rabeya has opened her eyes yesterday, but her sister Rokeya is still unconscious, said Rafikul Islam, father of the twins today.

The 33-hour-long operation to separate the sisters started at July 31, where 100 doctors from Bangladesh and 32 from Hungary took part.

This operation is a milestone in the subcontinent said Dr Samanta Lal Sen, the national coordinator at the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Conjoin twins

Regarding Rokeya being still unconscious, Dr Samanta said that a bit more time is still required.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself took the responsibility of organising the operation, Dr Samanta added.

Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) also hold a press briefing today to announce the success of the mega operation.

Director-General of the Military Medical Directorate Major General Md. Fasiur Rahman said there have been seventeen such surgeries in the world to separate conjoined twins head. Only five of them are still alive.