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Survivor Twin Girl Walks Home

The baby girl, who has survived an operation separating her from the joint head she once shared with her twin sister from birth, yesterday leaved her savior hospital in Guangzhou with her happy parents.

The malformed twins' operation, performed in Guangzhou's Chongshan NO.1 Hospital last November, is the first ever successful case of its kind in the nation.

It is also one of the world's few successful operations separating twins with a joint head.

The parents of the 16-month-old twins brought them to Guangzhou last year in order to have their lives saved.

The operation cost was more than 700 thousand yuan, but one charity organization from Hong Kong sponsored 70% of the total and Guangzhou's Chongshan NO.1 Hospital paid for the rest.

Although the operation was a success, only one girl of the twins survived. The other died of kidney failure 22 hours after the operation.

The survived twin is now in good health after 77 days' intensive care in the hospital and is able to walk on her own.

(Southcn.com January 23, 2002)

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