Siamese twins were born in the civil war country of Yemen and the two boys grew on the upper body together. Only an operation abroad can save them.

In the civil war country of Yemen, conjoined twins were born who, according to their doctors, can only be saved through treatment abroad. The two-day-old boys were in danger, said clinic director Maschda al-Chatib of the AFP news agency. It is “urgent” that the twins that have grown together on the upper body are taken abroad.

Boys each have their own heart

“Each of the two children has a heart of their own, but one of them is in an abnormal position,” al-Chatib said. The hospital’s poor equipment prevents doctors from recognizing “which organs have grown together”. The Ministry of Health is already in contact with international organizations such as the UN about possible treatment abroad, she added. Siamese twins are very rare and occur in about one in a million births.

In Yemen, war has been raging for six years between the forces of President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, and Shia Houthi rebels, backed by Iran. Since then, tens of thousands of people have died and millions of residents have had to flee. Healthcare has completely collapsed in many places.

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