Bringing great relief to the family of the 17-year-old conjoined twins, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled out the option of carrying out a surgery to separate them and ordered the Bihar government to give financial help to the family.
Saba and Farah are conjoined in the head with only one of them having kidneys. Medical experts have warned that surgery to separate them might leave only one of the girls survive.
The Supreme Court has now ruled that the state government should grant ₹5,000 per month to the family of the conjoined twins and take care of their medical expenses. The apex court also ordered Patna Medical College and Hospital to undertake regular medical checkups of Saba and Farah.
The twins and their family welcomed the ruling of the court.
"We are very happy and excited, and thank the Supreme Court for its decision to rule out the surgical possibility to separate us. The court's verdict will provide us time to live together, like we have since birth," Sabatold IANS. "We are grateful, from the core of our heart. We are also thankful to Allah for it," Farah added.
Mohammad Shakeel, father of the conjoined sisters who runs a tea stall, said that the ruling of the court has given new hope to the family.
Being from a poor family, the conjoined twins have been undergoing lots of pain and distress. Their father had even pleaded for mercy killing a couple of years ago.
Abu Dhabi's crown prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed had earlier offered to pay the entire medical bill for the surgery of the twins but the girls and their family turned down the offer as it could put the life of one of them at risk.
Dr Benjamin Carson, an American neurosurgeon, had also offered surgery on the conjoined twins a few years ago. He said that they need a series of surgeries and each surgery would put the life of one of the girls in danger. He found out that the sisters share a vital blood vessel in the brain and Saba doesn't have kidney.