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Conjoined twins separated after long legal battle

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1175
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A 20 hour operation to separate the conjoined twins Jodie and Mary at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester ended at 5 am on 7 November with Jodie, the stronger twin, surviving but her sister Mary dead. The operation, carried out by a team of 20 doctors and nurses, followed a three month legal battle watched by the world to decide their fate after their birth at the hospital in August to parents from the Mediterranean island of Gozo.

    The twins' parents, whose identities were protected by an injunction, had opposed the operation, wanting nature to take its course. Without an …

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