November 28, 2008

Pioneer surgery saves British twins

British twins Samantha and Jennifer Bennett are flashing chubby-cheek smiles, acting like happy babies these days after pioneering surgery, their parents say.

The sisters spent the first six months of their lives in a London hospital after being born with a rare windpipe condition that blocked their breathing, The Mirror reported.

The twins were born with what is called long segment tracheal stenosis, windpipes so narrow they were practically closed.

Doctors told the parents Alan and Mandy Bennett the condition was life-threatening and the girls had to be rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital, the only one in Britain where treatment was available.

The operation was a success and the twins are breathing normally and home at last.

We can't believe how fantastically well they're doing, their greatly relieved mother says.