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Twins leave intensive care

Formerly conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna have made another great step in their recovery, by leaving the intensive care unit at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

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The twins’ move to an ordinary ward late on Monday afternoon, a week after life-saving surgery to separate them, has thrilled their guardians and staff.

“It’s great news; great news,” said hospital spokeswoman Julie Webber. “They are in one room, which they are sharing.”

The girls received one-on-one care from a nurse in the intensive care unit but will now share a nurse, Ms Webber said.

“The ward is certainly less formal (than intensive care),” she said.

The girls, now nearly three years old, were born joined at the head.

Krishna ‘fully awake’

The Children First Foundation brought them to Australia from Bangladesh two years ago for surgery at the hospital.

Krishna’s body had more to adjust to than Trishna’s and she spent longer recovering under sedation after surgeons toiled for 32 hours to delicately separate their brains and reconstruct their skulls.

Krishna had drifted in and out of sleep since Friday but was now fully awake like her sister, foundation chief executive Margaret Smith said.

“We’re very pleased the girls have been moved. We’re as pleased as we can be,” she said.

“We’ve just got to let these two get better in the next week or so. We’re just marking the milestones, and this is one that has been achieved.”

An emotional Moira Kelly – the Children First Foundation founder and the twins’ legal guardian – revealed at the weekend she “did a big yelp” when Krishna once blew her a raspberry.

All signs positive

Ms Kelly had said she would not relax until the signature raspberry appeared, indicating the toddler had pulled through the surgery.

Ms Webber said all the signs so far had been positive for the girls but they still needed more recovery.

“Their vital signs are still being watched, how they are feeding, how their vital organs appear,” she said.

“(Neurosurgeon) Wirginia Maixner said she could see no damage to the brains; the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) looked good.

“As for the ability of their brains to further develop and recover, that will be assessed along the way. They have still got a way to go.”

Their mother, Lavlee Mollik, 23, handed over her girls to an orphanage in Dhaka only a month after their birth because she and husband Kartik, 35, were unable to care for them.

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