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Documentary to be made on life of Iranian conjoined twins

A documentary film is to be made to focus on life of Iranian conjoined twins Laleh and Ladan who lost their lives during a medical surgery in Singapore aiming to give them chance of getting separated after 29 years, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Director Mohammad Jaafari, documentary filmmaker, told IRNA in the first part of the film the twins appear as two personages with quite different behavioral and moral patterns.

The film is to be made based on a 10-hour documentary film made by Jaafari in 1999 which was screened in the House of Artists recently.

The new 40-minutes documentary film shows the twins in their family circle.

The craniopagus twins died in July during a medical surgery within minutes of achieving their dream of being separated after 29 years joined at the head.

The twins were born to a poor farming family in southern Iran with the sides of their skulls joined together and sharing a vital vein that drained blood from their individual brains.

The twins were determined to have the operation even though they knew the odds were high that surgery could kill one or both of them.

Doctors engaged in the operation told a news conference after their deaths that the operation, the first of its kind to be attempted on adults, was far more difficult than anticipated.

Ladan, who wanted to pursue a career as a lawyer in her home town of Shiraz, died first with Laleh living only for 90 minutes longer under a deep anaesthetic before also succumbing to massive blood loss.

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