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Formerly conjoined twins receive hero's homecoming in Bhutan

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Five months after receiving a lengthy and risky separation procedure in Australia, the now-famous twin girls are home.

Two formerly-conjoined twin girls have received a hero's welcome in Bhutan, after being surgically-separated in Australia.

Twenty-month-old Nima and Dawa arrived home on Thursday with their mother, four months after their operation.

The girls had been joined at the torso and shared a liver.

Sonam Tshering holds one of his conjoined twin daughters and spins prayer wheels at the Tachog Lhakhang Buddhist temple.
Sonam Tshering holds one of his conjoined twin daughters and spins prayer wheels at the Tachog Lhakhang Buddhist temple.
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Barely controlling his emotions, their father, Sonam Tshering, called it a miracle.

He took them from the airport to a monastery to light a lamp in prayer.

The girls were separated in an operation in early November at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital that lasted almost six hours.

The procedure involved up to 25 surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists.

Twin sisters Nima and Dawa are carried across a bridge by their mother Bhumchu Zangmo and father Sonam Tshering.
Twin sisters Nima and Dawa are carried across a bridge by their mother Bhumchu Zangmo and father Sonam Tshering.
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