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    Surgeons hope to perform stem cell implant on separated conjoined twins

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    Surgeons hope to perform stem cell implant on separated conjoined twins
    By Rita Zahara, Channel NewsAsia

    Posted: 29 August 2005 2021 hrs

    Four years after being successfully separated in a landmark 97-hour operation, former Nepalese conjoined twins, Ganga and Jamuna Shestra, are back in Singapore for their first formal assessment.

    Their neuro-surgeon Dr Keith Goh is aiming to take on new challenges - to use stem cell technology to help the brains of the girls develop.

    The CT (Computer Tomography) Scan shows that
    Ganga's brain, though intact, is not growing well.

    Dr Goh said: "I'm hopeful that with stem cell technology, we can implant stem cells at some point in the future.

    "The stem cells may encourage her own bone to grow and her own brain to grow more and these are the things I am in discussion with a group from NUS and some universities overseas."

    The surgeons are exploring to take stem cells from the twins' bone marrow, culture them in a laboratory for 2 to 3 months, before implanting it in their brains.

    Dr Goh said talks are underway with the local ethics committee to support this medical breakthrough, and hopes to perform the operation in two to three years.

    Clinical trials for patients with head or spinal cord injuries and stroke patients are already being rolled out in the
    US.

    In the four weeks the twins are in
    Singapore, Ganga has responded well to a shunt procedure in which a tube was inserted into her head to drain the fluid which was putting pressure on her brain.

    Before the surgery, her head had swelled to more than double the size of Jamuna's.

    Jamuna is now able to sing her favourite song "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars", and she just loves to count numbers.

    But she still can't walk on her own.

    So, doctors have given her botox injections to relax her (right) leg muscles.

    With the help of proper shoes, she is expected to walk in a couple of few months.

    Through the use of play, the occupational therapist and physiotherapist engage Jamuna to use both sides of her body.

    Previously, she was reluctant to use her right side which is weaker.

    The experts have also advised the family members to facilitate such activities at
    home so there'll be continual progress.

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    What? Where?

    Interesting ...... cheers

    Id be interested to know the details of these though

    ''Clinical trials for patients with head or spinal cord injuries and stroke patients are already being rolled out in the US.''

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    Here is one http://carecure.org/forum/showthread.php?t=51054The rest we neads Wise to sort out for us i guess

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