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When I was done writing that piece, I thought of what option I would take and like many of you I chose the 20% option and so did the twins. The surgery was for 72hours. There were 125members of the medical team which comprised of nurses, attendants, six neurosurgeons,a radiologist,a plastic surgeon and many other experts. They separated the girls gradually and everything went as planned except a few surprises that could be controlled. One of the surgeons suggested that they close up the bodies, watch them before they continue the operation but the head of the surgery said he had promised as requested by the twins not to close them up until they are totally separated. They asked their family member’s opinion and she said she had promised them too, so the operation must continue. 6hours to the end of the surgery blood was pooling in the skull and building up pressure in Ladan’s skull due to the blood clots that occurred earlier. 90% of the surgery was completed but the pressure increased and anesthesiologist announced that she had arrested without warning. They separated the twins immediately and tried to resuscitate her but she died. Laleh on the other hand started bleeding and just as they gained control of the bleeding, she arrested and died 90mins after her twin. They died…yes but they were buried in separate coffins and their dream was realized in death and most importantly they contributed immensely in science and the doctors realized that separating this kind of issues required 2 phases and other binder twins with this kind of issue have been successfully separated. I don’t know about you but looking at this from a big picture I think their risk was worth it. Risks are beautiful… Be wise in determining the risks you take. Before making a decision ask yourself
What is the best and worst that can happen if I do this?
What is the best and worst that can happen if I don’t do it?
These questions would help you with your decisions and if it is worth it do not be afraid to
Take the Risk!!!
RIP LADAN AND LALEH BIJANI