Iran's Khatami prays for twins as separation begins
( 2003-07-07 17:12) (Agencies)
Iran's President Mohammed Khatami has said the whole country is praying for a successful outcome in the operation to separate conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani.
In a message read out of on state television on the same day, Khatami said he was praying both for the twins and the international medical team that has gathered in Singapore for the operation.
Coverage of the Bijani sisters' progress has dominated news channels in Iran since the countdown to surgery began.
"Now that an elite group of surgeons have started one of the most important operations of time... I, with a heart full of hope, eagerly pray that Almighty God will help this great work to be successfully accomplished," the state-run IRNA news quoted Khatami as saying.
"I wish to see 'dear and patient' Laleh and Ladan healthy and cheerful among us very soon, and I am sure that the prayers of the Iranian people will help the success of the operation," Khatami said.
On Monday the Iranian ambassador from the embassy in Jakarta, the nearest to diplomatic mission to Singapore, is due to fly in to deliver a personal message from the Iranian leader to the medical team giving his praise and appreciation for the job they are doing.
The $288,000 cost of the surgery is being underwritten by Singapore's Raffles Hospital and the doctors involved have all waived their fees.
"We are happy. We are hopeful and optimistic. We have full trust in the medical team," said Reza Rezaie, second secretary of the Iranian mission in Jakarta.
Laleh and Ladan, who were born in Firouzabad in southern Iran in 1974, have also received support from Singapore's small Iranian community, many of whom have donated blood to the city-state's national blood bank.
If the operation is successful the sisters will be the first conjoined adult twins to be separated.
The risks are considered extremely high and could result in the death of one or both of the sisters.
However, they have both said they are prepared to accept the risks for the
chance to live their lives as separate individuals to be able to look each other
in the face after 29 years.
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