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Greek Siamese twins separated in Rome

ROME (AFP) – Doctors in Rome have separated 4-month-old conjoined twin girls from Greece in an operation lasting more than 12 hours, medical sources said yesterday. The operation on Saturday in the Policlinico Gemelli hospital was carried out by a team of doctors directed by a leading Italian neurosurgeon, Concezio Di Rocco. The twins were in intensive care yesterday, and medical sources said it would be several days before doctors can get a clearer picture of whether the operation was successful. [The twins, which have separate brains, were born at the Ippokratio Hospital in Thessaloniki.] The fact that the girls were joined at the temple meant that the operation was less complex than lengthy surgery which got under way early Saturday in the United States to separate two Egyptian-born boys, joined at the top of their heads.