Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Siamese twins in stable condition

Five-month-old Siamese twins Michael and Mark are in stable condition after being surgically separated on Friday afternoon, it was reported on September 15. The operation was carried out in two stages, with the first lasting 14 hours. The boys, who were born connected at the chest, are currently being cared for at the Children's Anesthesiology and Intensive Medicine Clinic in the Bratislava Faculty Hospital in the borough of Kramáre.

According to operation team member Professor Jaroslav Siman, both boys' hearts are functioning well, and they are currently on respirators. As for their separated livers, which presented the main danger, these haven't indicated any malfunction, and laboratory tests have shown them to be healthy. Mark's kidneys, also a cause of concern, are being supported by medication and are functioning very well.

The operation was made easier because the boy's hearts were only "stuck" together rather than being more closely interlinked. On the other hand, there are still concerns over Mark's heart, both boy's lungs, a limited flow of blood to the livers, and underdeveloped blood vessels in general. The team of surgeons have stressed that the level of support and trust shown by the parents have been a very important factor. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Press freedom is bleeding across our borders

Critical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.

I have met dozens of people possessed by Satan, exorcist claims

An exorcist can help a believer to escape their problems but not to solve them, psychiatrist Hunčík says.

Priest and exorcist Ľuboš Václavek consecrates the office of Erika Jurinová (OĽaNO).

End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

Jaroslav Rezník

Slovakia is 26th on the Employment Flexibility Index

Higher work surcharges will push Slovakia down.