Image: nurse hold conjoined twins
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A nurse holds 8-month-old twin brothers Imahaga and Imahalatsa, joined at the thorax and abdomen, on Wednesday before their separation surgery at Necker-Enfants Malades hospital in Paris. Doctors said the boys were in good health after the six-hour operation.
updated 2/5/2009 3:17:50 PM ET 2009-02-05T20:17:50

An operation to separate conjoined twin boys from Madagascar was successful, and the babies are "doing well," a team of doctors at a Paris hospital said Thursday.

Eight-month-old Imahagaga and Imahalatsa were born on June 16 last year in Madagascar. They were joined at the thorax and abdomen and shared a liver.

They arrived in Paris at the end of January and were operated on Wednesday morning at Paris' Necker-Enfants Malades hospital. The operation lasted four hours and required a team of 20 medical staff from France and Magascar.

Professor Yann Revillon, who led the operating team, said that while the boys awoke from the anaesthetic "in good condition," psychological effects may linger.

"We think that it will be a shock for the two of them to be separated after seven months of life together," Professor Revillon said.

The delicate operation required surgeons to cut through the skin joining the twins and then close an orifice underneath.

The boys, who come from a poor family in south Madagascar, will be raised by their single mother, who also has another child.

The boys are expected to rest in Paris until the summer, when they will be taken back to Madagascar.

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