Betul: Aradhana and Stuti, the twins from Betul in Madhya Pradesh, who were joined from the chest since birth and were separated after a complex operation last month, turned a year old today.
Top doctors from India and Australia had successfully operated upon the twins in a complex and over-12-hour-long operation on June 20. NDTV viewers had donated over Rs 10 lakh for the operation.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who had also donated Rs 20 lakh from the Chief Minister's discretionary fund for the duo's expensive surgery, visited the twins today.
The doctors separated the twins' fused livers and removed their hearts from a common membrane cover in the operation that took place in four phases.
After they were born, Aradhana and Stuti had been abandoned and left in the hospital. Born into a poor family in Betul in Madhya Pradesh, their father, a farmer with barely two acres of land and their mother, said they were unable to figure out how to treat their twin daughters. Since then, the girls have been looked after by the hospital nurses, doctors and staff.
Story first published:
July 02, 2012 09:48 IST