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Nha Trang hosts International Half Marathon Races 2010

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm




Nha Trang hosts International Half Marathon Races 2010


QĐND – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 20:1 (GMT+7)

The second international half marathon competition was held in Nha Trang city on October 24 as part of “Japan Culture Days in Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa”.


More than 230 athletes from Vietnam, Japan and other countries around the world took part in the event and competed in the women’s and men’s 5km, 10km and 21km events. A delegation from Khanh Hoa province took the lead in all the events.


This year’s competition strengthened fine relations between Vietnam and Japan and offered a good opportunity to promote Nha Thang –Khanh Hoa to international friends.


The event was co-organised by the Japanese General Consulate in HCM City and the central province of Khanh Hoa.


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Twins separated after marathon Australia surgery

In World on November 17, 2009 at 11:07 am

Australian doctors on Tuesday successfully separated joined-at-the-head Bangladeshi twin girls after more than 24 hours of surgery, describing the moment as “surreal”.








Trishna (L) and Krishna (R), the Bangladeshi set of twins who were joined at the head. Australian doctors successfully separated the girls after more than 24 hours of surgery on Tuesday, describing the moment as surreal. (AFP Photo)

Two-year-old Trishna and Krishna were said to be “very well” after surgeons who worked through the night finally prised apart their brain tissue at about 11:00 am (0000 GMT).


“The moment of separation was a rather surreal moment,” Leo Donnan, chief of surgery at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, told reporters.


“There was relief but I think everyone realised there was still a long way to go and that the girls have a very difficult time ahead of them.


“Now we have the long task of the reconstruction surgery which will go on for many hours. We can’t predict how long it will take.”


Plastic surgeons will now close their skulls with bone and skin tissue to prevent infection, with Trishna and Krishna expected to stay in an induced coma for several days.


The girls were close to death when they were rescued from a Dhaka orphanage two years ago, and doctors gave the highly complex operation just a one in four chance of complete success.


Donnan said the 16-strong team, which took regular food and rest breaks and listened to pop music in the operating theatre to stay alert, was elated to see them apart.


“These are once-in-a-lifetime operations that teams would do. For the hospital it’s a historic moment, for the girls it’s an even more historic moment,” he said.


“Everyone has known these girls as one with their individual personalities, so to see them as separate human beings is a pretty amazing moment,” Donnan added.


The operation had stretched past its scheduled 16 hours as surgeons battled to avoid nerve damage in the pinpoint process of separating the brains, giving members of the Children First Foundation a sleepless night.


The charity flew the girls to Australia because of poor survival rates in their native Bangladesh, where only two children have survived four separation operations in recent years.


“I think surreal is a very good expression. We’re overjoyed that we’ve got to this stage,” said the Foundation’s chief Margaret Smith, adding that it was too early for celebrations.


“I think everybody’s been on tenterhooks. No cake yet, I think when we get them to intensive care we’ll be very relieved, then it will just be day by day, hour by hour.”


Separating conjoined twins is a notoriously difficult procedure, with attempts in Britain and Bangladesh both failing over the past year, although Saudi doctors successfully divided a pair of Egyptian brothers in February.


In one of the best known cases, Singapore doctors in 2003 made a vain attempt to separate adult twins — Iranian law graduates Laleh and Ladan Bijani, 29 — who died from severe blood loss after 52 hours of surgery.


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Marathon bid to separate conjoined Bangladeshi twins

In World on November 16, 2009 at 9:16 am

MELBOURNE, Nov 16, 2009 (AFP) – A team of Australian doctors began marathon and risky surgery on Monday to separate a pair of Bangladeshi twins who are joined at the head, giving only a one in four chance of both surviving.


The 16-strong team was on “tenterhooks” over the delicate bid to separate Trishna and Krishna, aged two, which will take about 16 hours, plastic surgeon Tony Holmes told reporters at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.








Plastic surgeon Tony Holmes (C) gives the gathered media an update as a team of Australian doctors begins risky and highly complex operation separate the pair of Bangladeshi twins on Nov. 16 (AFP photo)

“It is a stressful time for any group of surgeons with this sort of case, they only come along really once in a lifetime and I think everybody has been on tenterhooks,” he said.


Doctors had already started cutting through the bone which joins the girls via the top of the head and will then separate the connected section of brain and blood vessels, Holmes added.


“The unknown … is what actually happens when you separate finally the cerebral circulations, because that is a change in haemodynamics (blood movement) so the pressures will be different in each twin,” Holmes said.


“It’s over those few early minutes when the pressures equilibrate in the brain, they’re the things that we’re worried about.


“But the children are prepared as well as could possibly be and we’re cautiously optimistic that everything is going particularly well.”


Krishna was close to death when the twins arrived in Australia in January last year but both are now thriving and have undergone a series of preparatory operations.


The Children First Foundation (CFF) flew the girls to Australia in January 2008 because of poor separation survival rates in their native Bangladesh, where only two children have survived four operations in recent years.


Holmes said the children’s legal guardian, Moira Kelly, looked “relatively distressed” as Trishna and Krishna were wheeled into the operation.


“When the children went into the operating theatre … Moira was there giving them, you know, a farewell kiss and good luck,” he said.


“She was relatively distressed as one would be if it was your child. The kids were fine, OK, they looked as healthy and happy as anything but they were sedated.”


The girls should be apart by 6:00 pm (0700 GMT) and plastic surgeons will then replace the missing bone and skin. The whole procedure is expected to finish at around midnight.


Separating conjoined twins is a notoriously difficult procedure with attempts in Britain and Bangladesh both failing over the past year, although Saudi doctors successfully divided a pair of Egyptian brothers in February.


In one of the best known cases, Singapore doctors in 2003 failed in an attempt to separate adult twins — Iranian law graduates Laleh and Ladan Bijani, 29 — who died from severe blood loss after 52 hours of surgery.


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