For the past three decades, Dr. Abdullah al-Rabeeah, a pediatric surgeon and adviser to the Saudi Royal Court, has been the face of a Saudi-based program that separates conjoined twins born to the poorest families of the world.
And recently Dr al-Rabeeah performed his 48th surgery on a set of conjoined twins
The successful operation took place at the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital in Riyadh.
— MNG-HA (@NGHAnews) November 14, 2019
The surgeon’s program is mostly funded by royal and Islamic charities; each operation must be approved by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Dr Al-Rabeeah’s first operation on conjoined twins dates back to the early 1990s. He also has served as the country’s health minister and director of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre – but continued practicing surgery during that tenure.