KEMAMAN: Almost a year after they were born, Siamese twins Nur Shazwanie Zulkifli and Nur Shazrinie are finally healthy enough to leave hospital and just in time for Hari Raya.
The 11-month-old girls, who are joined on their chests and share both a heart and liver, have been undergoing constant treatment at both Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur Hospital since they were born on Sept 22 last year.
Their mother Noraini Mohamad, 32, and father, fishmonger Zulkifli Ngah, 41, are looking forward to finally having the girls at home with the rest of the family.
“Our lives involve constant travelling between Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur due to the medical tests and treatment. Despite all the hardship, I'm grateful the girls are home where they belong,” said Noraini.
Noraini, who has two other daughters, aged six and seven, said this Hari Raya would be the most special.
“The best Hari Raya for me will be to celebrate it with all my daughters,” she said.
The road back home for the twins has not exactly been smooth either after the family's old low-cost house in Kemaman was found to be unsuitable for the girls due to its cramped and unhygienic conditions, which could lead to bacteria infections.
With assistance from the state government, the family moved to a new house in Bukit Bauk here in May, which was also equipped with modern facilities.
“I was heartbroken at first when I discovered that our home was small and not conducive enough for the girls. But the state government stepped in and helped us even footing the medical bill for the girls,” she said.
Although surgery to separate the twins is considered too dangerous for now, Noraini hopes that some day, they can live normal lives.