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Conjoined twins update

5 May 2010

Statements below from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the parents of Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf:

Twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf left the intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital at the weekend and are now on a surgical ward. They are breathing unaided and are being bottle fed. Doctors at the hospital continue to be pleased by their progress and recovery.

Earlier today, the boys were placed in the same cot together for the first time since they underwent separation surgery in April.

Parents Angie and Azzedine Benhaffaf said:

“Our two little fighters have lived up to their name!  We are happy to announce that Hassan and Hussein have left the intensive care unit and are doing well.  We've enjoyed our first cuddles since their separation and they were worth the long wait.  The boys were reunited for the first time today and it was very emotional to see them back together, in each other's arms.  It feels just like a miracle and we cannot believe we got our happy ending.  Thanks to everyone for your continued support. Their sisters Malika and Iman are getting used to their brothers being apart and are looking forward to holding each of the twins.”

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Notes to editors

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