New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Bihar government to bring the conjoint twins -- Saba and Farah – for treatment to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) by air ambulance within 10 days.

The top court has also said that one doctor would go to Bihar to bring them to the prestigious hospital.

The Supreme Court appointed 3-doctor panel to overlook medical supervision of conjoint twins. The cost of flying them to Delhi to be borne by Bihar government, whereas the medical treatment caused at AIIMS to be provided by the Centre.

Saba and Farah have not been keeping healthy for more than a year now. Unable to see their suffering, their mother, Rabia Khatoon, had last year pleaded for permission to put them to death.

On July 16, the Apex Court had directed the Centre to constitute a medical board to provide aid to the conjoint twins, daughters of a poor dhaba owner Shakeel Ahmad, to alleviate their sufferings. The court said that the team should include American specialist surgeon Dr Benjamin Carson and other experts from the AIIMS.
The court had given the directives on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Aarushi Dhasmana, a second year law student from Pune, who had sought either medical aid from the government for the conjoined twins or the permission to the parents to adopt mercy killing to put an end to their sufferings.

In 2005, leading American neurosurgeon Dr Carson had examined Saba and Farah in New Delhi and expressed hope to successfully separate them through surgery. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan had then offered to bear the cost of their operation after coming to know about their plight. But the parents of Saba and Farah did not permit the surgery because of the great risks involved.

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