The parents of baby twin girls who were born conjoined are overjoyed to be bringing them home safe and well.
Little Saboora and Safoora underwent extremely complex separation surgery, with survival odds of just one in 50 million.
As the two girls' livers and abdomens were conjoined, separating them was a high-risk procedure which could have led to organ failure.
The operation, which took place at a hospital in northern India, required a team of 30 medical staff and took over six hours to carry out. Against all odds, the little girls came out of the operating theatre without any issues.
Their parents, Zabeeda and Mohammed Hameed, were delighted with the outcome. "It was my only wish to have my two beautiful daughters healthy and my wish has been granted," said the girls' mother, Zabeeda.
The couple knew they were pregnant with twins, but had no idea they were conjoined, which made for an overwhelming few weeks. "If the doctors had informed us earlier we would have made arrangements to separate the girls at birth but we had no idea," said Zabeeda. "It was very difficult for us to take proper care of them when they were born."
The operation took place on November 15th, but the babies were discharged just yesterday, after doctors confirmed their recovery process was going smoothly.
Conjoined twins occur just once in every 100,000 births, and three quarters of cases are girls.