Veena and Vani: Joined By Birth And Destiny

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Conjoined twins Veena and Vani, 14, have lived inside a hospital room since birth — a room they call “home”. Abandoned by their parents when they were three years old, the doctors and nurses at Hyderabad’s Niloufer hospital have been their family.

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The twins were born to a couple who had trouble making ends meet in Telangana’s Warangal district on October 15, 2003. Labourers surviving on daily wages, they had to abandon the girls. Even when asked recently to take the girls home, they had declined, saying they had no means of taking care of the twins.

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Doctors say separating the girls now would endanger their lives. The twins have been examined by experts from Singapore, London and even a team from Delhi’s All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences. Although the Telangana government offered to bear all costs of surgery, it could not be performed due to the risks involved.

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Taking care of the twins was turning out to be a burden for the cash-strapped hospital. The doctors also felt that a hospital is not the best place for children to grow up. “This way, they are cut off from the society and mingle only with doctors, nurses and hospital staff. They only see disease and death and it is not healthy for their psychological development,” Dr K Ramesh Reddy, a pediatric surgeon in Hyderabad’s Niloufer Hospital had said in an interview with NDTV earlier.

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The twins have now been shifted to Shishu Vihar in Yousufguda — a state home run by the Department of Women Development and Child Welfare for women in distress and victims of atrocities.

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The state government had decided to shift the twins in August 2016. But it could not be implemented. The girls, who had become attached to the hospital personnel, refused to leave them. With new people and new place, the twins will take time to adjust and get accustomed to the new environment, a government official said.

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