Surgery of 2-yr-old Conjoined Twins

€95,000 goal

Campaign created 7 months ago
Please give a chance to Rabia and Rukia to be one of the very few craniopagus twin pairs of the world who can live a free, independent, and healthy life! Please help us, three Hungarian doctors, to make history!

Our Charitable Foundation was founded in 2002 by me (Dr. Greg Pataki, Hungarian plastic surgeon, burn specialist), and Dr. Andras Csokay, Hungarian neurosurgeon. Its activities include helping those who can do little or nothing to protect themselves because of their economic position or state of health.

To achieve this goal, our Foundation performs free surgery in Hungary and abroad, mostly in developing countries, coordinates professional education and consultation in health-related institutions, and helps to acquire medical equipment and special hospital instruments.

Our biggest project now is the complicated skull separation of Rabia and Rukia, the 2-year-old conjoined twins in Bangladesh.

The team of our Foundation, Dr. Andras Csokay, Dr. Istvan Hudak, and myself successfully performed the first one from the long line of surgeries, the separation of the vascular system of the twins’ conjoined brains, which is also the most difficult because even in the most advanced clinics it has a 60-80% mortality rate. This crucial „first step” caused the high death rates for the past 100 years in such cases.

29059550_15234762030_r.jpeg(Our team: Dr. Csokay, Dr. Hudak, and me)

We used an endovascular method, which means approaching the brain from the veins. On 28 February 2018, we managed to separate the conjoined large blood vessels of the twins’ brains. The successful five-hour intervention was directed by Dr. Hudak, one of the world’s most respected professionals in this field.

The next step is to stretch the skin and soft tissue parts outside the skull by implanting special tissue expanders used in plastic surgery.

This is followed by the rebuilding of the skull and plastic surgery restoration of the meninx, giving a proper shape to the underdeveloped parts.

Finally, the field of plastic surgery has to step in again to cover the huge wound after the separation of the twins – which is also not an easy task, especially because of the risk of infection.

29059550_15234763030_r.jpeg(First examination of Rabia and Rukia)

We also agreed to perform all of the operations in Bangladesh, fitting the missions of the Hungarian Action for Defenceless People Foundation.

The goal is to set an example that difficult medical problems can be treated on the spot with appropriate teamwork, so there is no need to move the patients to other countries.

The success of the first surgery of the Hungarian team is ground-breaking and acknowledged internationally.

But unfortunately, we need to collect 95 000 EUR in order to continue to work on this scientific break-through.

We will spend the money on...
– special tissue expanders,
– special neurosurgery equipment,
– special 3D modeling of the brains and skulls for the operation,
– tissue templates (acellular dermal matrix),
– travel costs of our medical team members.

29059550_15234764460_r.jpeg(An exclusive photo before the first surgery)

Please give a chance to Rabia and Rukia to be one of the very few craniopagus twin pairs of the world who can live a free, independent, and healthy life! Please help us, three Hungarian doctors, to make history!

More information about us:
Action for Defenceless People Foundation
(in Hungarian: Cselekvés a Kiszolgáltatottakért Alapítvány)

Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Greg Pataki
/ Founder of Action for Defenceless People Foundation
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€95,000 goal

Campaign created 7 months ago
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