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    [​IMG]© AFP/Getty Images Conjoined twins Dawa (centre left) and Nima with their mother Bhumchu Zangmo and Dr Ian McKenzie of the Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne.

    Surgeons have successfully separated conjoined 15-month old sisters Nima and Dawa following almost six-hour surgery at the Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne on Friday.

    The surgery was initially planned for October but was postponed after last-minute checks revealed the sisters were not ready because they needed extra nutritional support.

    The girls were brought to Australia with their mother from Bhutan in October. They were joined at the torso and shared a liver. But doctors in their home country did not have the surgical experience necessary to carry out the complicated operation. The Victorian government has offered to pay for the procedure and recovery, expected to cost at least $350,000. Bhutan’s only paediatrician, who has long been involved in the girls’ care, travelled to Melbourne to watch the surgery.

    © Nine News Conjoined twins Nima and Dawa.

    The cost of the flights and accommodation was covered by the Children First Foundation, an Australian-based charity that gives children from developing countries access to specialist surgeries and medical care. More than one-third of people in Bhutan live below the poverty line.

    The head of paediatric surgery, Dr Joe Crameri, led the operation involving 18 medical staff. Earlier on Friday, Crameri told the ABC the challenges of the surgery would depend on where the girls were connected, with the team unsure if they shared a bowel.

    More to come.