13-yr-old conjoined twins Veena-Vani shifted to Telangana state shelter home
Thirteen-year-old conjoined twins Veena and Vani were on Sunday shifted to a state shelter home here from a hospital in Hyderabad, Telangana, where they were staying for the past over 10 years, as their family expressed inability to look after them.
The ‘craniopagus conjoint’ twins (born with top of their heads joined together), from Telangana’s Warangal district, were born on October 15, 2003.
As they grow older, the risk of surgery has increased thereby, reducing their chances of being separated.
The first stage of the separation surgery was performed in December 2004 by Dr. Yarlagadda Nayudamma in Guntur General Hospital. Veena and Vani have been at the centre of media hype since then.
In 2006, they were shifted to Hyderabad’s Niloufer Hospital, which has been their home for 11 years.
After the surgery, their parents abandoned them, citing poverty and lack of money to fund their education and other needs. However, the parents have not ruled out taking them back after the separation surgery gets completed.
In June last year, their parents reiterated that they were unable to look after the girls because of financial circumstances, and requested state government to take care of the twins, after the hospital asked the family to take the girls home or hand them over to a state institution.
Accordingly, the twins were shifted to the state home `Shishu Vihar’ in Yousufguda on 2017 New Year day, Eenadu India reported.
Several surgeons were consulted about feasibility of separating them surgically, but all of them said it would be a risky procedure.
The twins share an important blood vessel and this is where the risk lies.
According to a report in New Minute, politics is also at play, as there have been insinuations that the Niloufer hospital returned Rs 4 lakh, which was donated to them by ABN Andhra Jyothi channel for the twins’ treatment because of pressure from the ruling TRS government as ABN is seen to be pro-Chandrababu Naidu.