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."
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."
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."
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."
13. Xrays/angiograms of the twins' skulls/brains
14. Model of what the twins' skulls look like
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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"
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.
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 I consider having one surviving a sucessful operation too . The bottom line is for this particular case , they didnt even tried when they were still todllers , NOT because of the risks but because of lack of medical support .
+Leila Békélé I know when they were born. Separation of twins conjoined at the head with brain tissue involvement was NOT very successful in the 70s..even in young children. Look it up!! And, I hope you also realize......that whenever this type of surgery ends up with only one twin surviving and the other dying, the medical team considers it a successful separation....even though one twin is dead. So,when you read about the numbers of successful separations in the past..some of them had one living twin and one dead twin.
+Budder Kupp They are born in 1974 , there were already sucessful surgery for co-joint twins . In any case , there is more chances to survive as a todller than as an adult as the brain is still very manipulable at this age .
+Leila Békélé Back when these twins were toddlers..the death rate for this type of surgery was near 100%. So, I don't think the twins stood a better chance if they had the surgery back when they were toddlers.
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!!"
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.
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
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.
+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"
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