However, 29-year-old twins, who were born conjoined at their heads, did not survive the operation, dying within 90 minutes of each other on 8 July 2003.Separation of adult Siamese twins had never been attempted before in the world prior to Laleh and Ladan’s case.Iranian twin sisters, Laleh and Ladan Bijani, were the world’s first adult Siamese twins to undergo surgical separation.
Iranians are therefore much more wary of what they send to each other over government-affiliated satellites.
The hospital agreed to undertake the risky operation for several reasons.
Firstly, the hospital wanted to fulfill the desire of the twins to be separated.
Upon learning of the successful separation of 10-month-old Nepalese twins, Ganga and Jamuna, in April 2001, Laleh and Ladan decided to come to Singapore to determine the feasibility of being operated on by Singapore doctors.
The operation was to be undertaken by Raffles Hospital, a private hospital opened by Raffles Medical Group in 2001.