'A moment of weeping and laughter': Twins conjoined at the head separated in Israel

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In the first operation of its kind in Israel, 1-year-old twins conjoined at the head were safely separated on Thursday.

The twin sisters are expected to live a healthy life following the surgery. The operation took place at the Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center with a medical team of over 50 people, according to the Israeli publication Ynet.

“They are expecting a full recovery,” said Dr. Mickey Gideon, director of pediatric neurosurgery at the medical center. “It was a moment of weeping and laughter with the family. For the first time the family can hold the babies separately.”

The surgery lasted more than 12 hours and specialists in neurosurgery, plastic surgery, pediatric intensive care and brain imaging were flown into the country. Two experts from London and New York were the ones to separate the twins from the head, Ynet reported.

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