Conjoined twins die in Syria while waiting for medical evacuation
The conjoined twins being kept at a hospital in Damascus while awaiting an evacuation for necessary medical treatment died on Wednesday.
According to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) removed the infants from a town under siege on August 12.
(Photo credit: Syrian American Medical Society)
The twins, who were born on July 12, were taken to and kept at a hospital in Damascus, but information regarding their condition was not disclosed.
Aware that surgery would need to be performed elsewhere, SAMS began putting together plans for evacuation and treatment.
However according to the group, neither the Syrian government nor SARC cooperated with those efforts.
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Following the children's deaths, Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, the president of SAMS said his group, "...received commitments from specialized hospitals in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East to perform the needed surgery at no cost...However, all of our efforts and requests were ignored. The tragic death of these two brave souls could have easily been prevented. This is unacceptable."
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