Iraqi conjoined twins to undergo surgery in Saudi Arabia

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June 15, 2010 21:49

 
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NAJAF, Iraq — Iraqi conjoined twins were to be flown in coming days to Saudi Arabia to undergo separation surgery after the Saudi king offered to pay for the operation, officials said Tuesday.

The two-week-old twins Zainab and Ruqqaya Naseer, from the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq, are joined at the hip and have problems with their digestive and reproductive systems.

Salim Mohammed, spokesman for Najaf Health Authority, told The Associated Press that the family was waiting for passports to be issued to allow the girls to travel.

"The conjoined twins are in good health and they are expected to leave for Saudi Arabia within the coming three days," he said.

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