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Singapore - June 11, 2003 1. Various exteriors of Raffles Hospital 2. Twins walking in to presser 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ladan Bijani, conjoined twin: "We are very excited to be having surgery. We hope the surgery will be successful and we feel happy, excited and a little bit nervous, as we shall be." 4. Cutaway 5. Cutaway consultant neurosurgeon Keith Goh 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Laleh Bijani, conjoined twin: "We are so happy because the operation is a possibility and we are so happy because of the medical improvements and we are so happy this time there is a possibility to do the surgery." 7. Cutaway 8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ladan Bijani, conjoined twin: "We are sure and confident that the best team will be coming to help us. We don't have any fear about the surgery because we know that every surgery has a high risk." 8. Cutaway media, pan to presser 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Walter Tan, Raffles Hospital: "We are embarking on this because we know there is a reasonable chance of success, at least for one of them. And the medical fraternity throughout the whole world has responded very well and we are very touched by this because when we approach people who have expertise in areas that we don't have they have come up almost immediately to say they would support." 10. Cutaway 11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ladan Bijani, conjoined twin: "We want to, after surgery, do different careers. I want to continue law, to become a lawyer, but my sister wants to be a journalist like you. And we have a lot of work to do and a lot of dreams to do after surgery." 12. Cutaway FILE 13. Xrays/angiograms of the twins' skulls/brains 14. Model of what the twins' skulls look like STORYLINE: Adult Iranian twins joined at the head since birth said on Wednesday they were excited and happy about their scheduled separation surgery next month - a procedure that doctors say could kill one or both of the 29-year-old sisters. Laleh and Ladan Bijani have spent years trying to persuade doctors to operate and say they are prepared to take the risks. The operation, which will take place at Raffles Hospital in Singapore, will mark the first time surgeons have tried to separate adult craniopagus twins - siblings born joined at the head. The surgery is scheduled to take place in the first week of July. The twins arrived in Singapore on November 20 from Iran for medical and psychological evaluations. They are spending the days leading up to the surgery praying, chatting with friends on the Internet and building up strength at the gym, the twins told reporters at Raffles Hospital. The Bijani sisters, born in Tehran in 1974, have separate brains that lie next to each other in a joined skull. Their condition makes basic manoeuvering such as getting out of bed, walking through doors or going up and down stairs very awkward. The separation procedure will require a team of 12 surgeons and about 100 nurses and assistants and could take up to four days to complete, the lead surgeon Dr. Keith Goh has said. Once separated, Laleh has said she hopes to become a journalist in Tehran, while Ladan wants to earn a graduate degree in law and move back home with their parents in Shiraz. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/e0877360f6083d00582763e58916a450 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Esjay Tina (1 day ago)
They really kn0w that the lives of these po0r twin is in danger, but these girls is brave en0ugh to pursue their biggest dreams.... Rest in peace twin sister'...
المحبة لله (18 days ago)
😭😏😢😭😌😌😌😥😥😥😌😌😌😚😚😚😚
Marveh Marveh (2 months ago)
عزیزای دلم روحتون شاد مهربونا
Wake UpTo Youtube (2 months ago)
This happened like 6 months before i was born. I feel so bad for them because they despretaly wanted to be seperated and live like normal people howevor in a previous documentary i had watched it was said that one died first and thr other died after an hour.Imagine the grief they would feel if one lost the other and the guilt of being the one surviving twin.
Budder Kupp (1 month ago)
Wake UpTo Youtube I wish they had survived the surgery as well. Their loss was truly devastating to their family, friends, and everyone who followed their story.
Wake UpTo Youtube (1 month ago)
Budder Kupp yeh i guess so but even so i wish both had survived, it would have been cool to see them today telling their story
Budder Kupp (1 month ago)
Wake Up To Youtube Yes..the twin who was considered the stronger personality died 90 mins before the other twin. Their family and friends said that if she had survived without her sister..she would never have been happy..living without her. So..in a way..I guess it was a blessing that she passed too.
Zina Adrianna Sonij (2 months ago)
This is in the White House Melanie is under threat needs immediate help
Neda Rmzy (3 months ago)
روحشون شاد ....
Cincon avcisi 1907 (3 months ago)
Brave women
G Lynn (5 months ago)
there seperated , in heaven
Tiffany B (5 months ago)
I know they are dead, but they keep fixing their scarf as they should just deal with it and take it off or cut. It looks hard wearing scarf on the 2 heads as they should have just not bother wearing it at all.
Thora F (7 months ago)
Seem like very intelligent girls, they must have been very unhappy living like this considering the extreme risk to go trough an operation.
Epic Reactions (9 months ago)
whoa this happend when i was 6yrs...RIP
TheBeastGamer (10 months ago)
wonder if thier virgins??
Zainab Khan (5 months ago)
TheBeastGamer shame on your thinking... watching something like this make me wonder n scared n thankful to God for my perfect body n you are thinking about their viginity... this world is really losing morality.
klassicalmuzik (11 months ago)
I remember seeing them on TV when I was 9 and I got so sad when I heard they died.
Julia denkt an Dich (11 months ago)
Already as a child in 2003, I've admired Ladan & Laleh for their courage, laugh and their deep confidence in life...And I've never forgotten these wonderful faces till this day! May they rest in peace, freely movable & still together...
Marie (11 months ago)
Laleh and Ladan...R.I.P.....in heaven......
Sasha Rezai (1 year ago)
Two Iranian sisters are Laleh and Ladan؛ they traveled to Malaysia for separation surgery. These were really successful people throughout their lives. ( Laleh and Ladan wikipedia)
anum azam (1 year ago)
beautiful girls...they must be in heaven
Player_Games : (1 year ago)
rest in peace
selena poon (1 year ago)
I blame my country Singapore for this tragedy. Doctors all over the world denied the surgery for a reason. Singapore hospital however purposely gave them hope for popularity. All they wanted was fame, this sick doctors/surgeons whatever. Bloody sick fucking Singaporeans. I know my own country best. I remember how many doctors all over the world called them and warned them the procedure was impossible and not to go ahead with it. But the bloody Singaporeans sick fucks managed to persuade this girls and managed somehow to persuade them that there is a enough success rate when in fact doctors all over the world said it was impossible and they would die. This fuckers use the fact that they had done it on newborn babies to seduced this girls. Those newborn babies were separated, sure. But they were babies and doctors all over the world said it is a different scenario. But this sick doctors manage to persuade this girls to go ahead by making it seem that the probability of success is more than failure. And they discard the other doctors all over the world by showing off to this girls that they are the best doctors in the world given their reputation. Which is of course all sugar coating. Singapore is best at that. Changi Airport, Raffles hospital, and now that dumb casino. They strive to make themselves seem the best in the world and jump and every fucking opportunity to make themselves more well known. Mother fucking shit country i live in. Friggin fuckers. I remember how angry a doctor of these girls who have constantly denied this girls in making such a procedure was at Singapore doctors. So much he wanted to sue them but of course fucking Singaporeans always have taken precaution for such a scenario. This fucking sick fame shit country. I remember that the doctor of these twin girls said something similiar, dont quite recall the word by word but goes something like this "They wanted the fame so bad and proof that they were the best doctors and can do what the whole world doctors say its impossible. We would not have been so angry if they were gambling with their own life but they were gambling with the life of this 2 sweet girls." I've had an experience in Singapore where i had food poisoning, a mild one at best and i went to khoo tech puat hospital to get medicine. Apparently the doctor gave me an injection because i was feeling like vomiting (common when getting food poisoning) however what we dint know, or the doctors dint know, that i was allergic to it. I fainted right after i got injected and was hospitalized due to that injection. However I remember when i was blacking out how panic the doctor was running to the next room to get a senior doctor and heard the senior doctor saying to the junior doctor that this is an allergy situation.. But during the time i was hospitalized they never once mention that to me. And when i was checked out the doctors actually dint make me sign anything. I had to ask and they actually fucking wrote down that i was hospitalized due to food fucking poisoning. I was young and naive and i dint think much of it. And its been like 4 years so there is not much point to sue them for something after 4 years but still. This is a fucktup country.
Epic Reactions (9 months ago)
Lol what are you talking about, the twins were hellbent and determined to pursue the operation they perfectly understood the risks and what they faced, and who would blame them.They had conflicting aspirations and faced a lot of challenges being bound together, they told Ben carson they would rather die than pursue the operation if there was any chance they would be free to live their own separate life death would be better than continuing to live like that. Their care takers said that tension btw the women had escalated in recent months and some arguments had even led to physical altercations. i could imagine how awful it would be to experience serious conflict with someone you can never walk away from. Most people would understand why someone who is enslaved or imprisoned would risk death to escape and experience freedom.For ladan and laleh, their state was very much the same thing. You should read Ben Carson's book "TAKE THE RISK"
Epic Reactions (9 months ago)
TRUE its also what i read in ben carson's book. i dont know what this sick fuck is bitching about
Ralad (1 year ago)
From what I've read, the Singaporean doctors actually begged the twins not to go through with the surgery, informing them of the extremely unlikely success rate. Not sure what you've been reading though.
PsyMOONze (1 year ago)
I will embrace you in Europe. :-*
waleed 12 (1 year ago)
selena poon LONG
Maria Gogo (1 year ago)
I love this twins very very much
Ashraf berry (5 months ago)
Maria Gogo m
Nathaniel Pillar (1 year ago)
Lol, they're so busy adjusting the burka thing, why even bother? just take the damn thing off and be done with it!
Nathaniel Pillar (1 year ago)
+Gabriel Nadar No thanks. I don't believe in any religion. I prefer to stick to facts.
Gabriel Nadar (1 year ago)
Nathaniel Pillar change your religion to Islam than you will understand the need for burqa.
Nathaniel Pillar (1 year ago)
+Amr Elfiky Yes, I heard about that. It is definitely sad. I just don't understand the need for a burka.
Amr Elfiky (1 year ago)
have some respect ,you sick fuck . the poor girls died hours after that ,on the operating table .
Armani Ghrissi (1 year ago)
R.I.P
Mmm UK (2 years ago)
MMM uk,
سبحان الله
winterweib (2 years ago)
Yes, they are dead since a long time. They were o old to be separated. WHen they were young, Khomeni did not allow to separate them. And as adults, they died while in surgery. I feel so much with them! They wanted to be separated their whole life, poor young women!
Budder Kupp (1 month ago)
The medical team for the twin's surgery was made up of some of the best neurosurgeons in the world. They had VERY high tech medical equipment.. and the surgery itself went very well. The most serious risk with this type of surgery is hemorrhage..and unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. It had nothing to do with the medical team or the medical equipment or or the support the twins were given. Medically..the twins had the most state of the art medical care offered at the time. They died of the most serious risk that is always a possibility with this surgery..Hemorrhage..nothing more. Yes..it is sad. But the medical team, and the subsequent care they received....was not to blame for their death. And..the twins knew that the risk of hemorrhage was very high as well. The twins knew all the risks involved..when they signed the consent forms.
Oindrila Das (9 months ago)
Both of them died??
Brook The Gamer Girl (10 months ago)
winterweib hi
Pauline Robinson (1 year ago)
I'm so sorry to hear that, so sad, after all the effort. l can imagine the heartbreak for everyone.
Nasrullah Anas (1 year ago)
winterweib it wasn't khomeini fault but merely Iranian medical center has no proper supporting system to undergo this surgery
Anneke Poolen (2 years ago)
Brave woman,Rest in Peace,
Sarah DuBois (2 years ago)
deeply sorry for your loss of these wonderful girls.
LUCKYJ3SS3 (2 years ago)
Lol
TheDarkKnight (2 years ago)
they dead aren't they??
Zahraa Channel (1 year ago)
Sandip Kollol yes,they dead
Jennifer DiBartolo (2 years ago)
How do you know they died?
Tiffany B (5 months ago)
I am sure their spirit left their body and see each other seperated, " lets go to heaven together watching their body die on the operation table. I'm sure they rather leave their body and see god, " why did you make us conjoined!!"
selena poon (1 year ago)
no u fucking shit it was the exact opposite. Doctors all over the world had denied these girls and told them it was impossible and they would undoubtedly die.. Singapore doctors wanted the fame. They wanted to proof so bad that they were the best doctors and can do what other doctors in the world say its impossible. They seduce the girls to go ahead with the operation and manage to make them think that there is a decent chance. Doctors all over the world was extremely angry and wanted to sue the singapore doctors after this tragedy. I remember an interview where one of this doctors said that they would not have been so angry at singapore doctors if they had gambled with their life in order to proof they can do the impossible but they were gambling with the life of this 2 girls by not turning them down and giving them false hope " That doctor that quit crumbled under the pressure because he was guilty of all the charges. Fucking shit head get your facts right.
jessie james (2 years ago)
yes. they both died within minutes of each other...the doctor who did the surgery was very distraught. he resigned his post at thehospital. he really cared for their welfare but complications set in...those girls were so unselfish. they knew the dangers. they said live ordie , they would like to be separated
winterweib (2 years ago)
+Jennifer DiBartolo Because we rememeber their story. I even remember how they were as children at Khomeni, and he said no, he does not allow the surgery (you know, all devils in the west and blah). They should marry brothers. But they longed so much to be allowed to live separated, and so they tried, though it is much to dangerous when you are too old.
Geo Tech & More! (2 years ago)
They were so sweet. May they rest in peace.
Kate Hare McIntosh (2 years ago)
Very smart & sweet ladies. I'm sorry they passed away.
Sophie Hope (2 years ago)
Are they dead? If they are RIP😭.
Rajiv jaigopal wadhwa (7 months ago)
they died during the surgery before which they gave interviews. Really tragic.
lshulman58 (2 years ago)
+lshulman58 auto correct error: menahel, not "menace"
lshulman58 (2 years ago)
+Cute Edits menace did not say "hope they're dead" the name of the person he replied to is "Sophie hope". the word "hope" was just the last name. he was simply answering Sophie's question: "[yes ] they are dead"
Cute Edits (2 years ago)
+Menahel Wamid why?
Menahel Wamid (2 years ago)
+Sophie Hope theyre dead
Elias Reitan (2 years ago)
ﺧﺪا ﻭﺟﻮﺩ ﻧﺪاﺭﺩ .....
Roger (2 years ago)
Rest in peace!
Khoa Quy (2 years ago)
RIP

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