An example to us all

Lancaster, Pat
August 2003
Middle East;Aug/Sep2003, Issue 337, p66
The Iranian conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani left more behind than a contribution to medical science. While to friends and family who loved them the grief is still painful and sharp, to those who didn't know Ladan and Laleh Bijani, the deaths of the Iranian conjoined sisters in July 2003 are already slipping into historic memory. Yet the plight of the 29-year-old twins who died while undergoing surgery to separate them, touched the international community in a remarkable way. Born to a poor family in Firouzabad in southern Iran, the sisters became displaced at the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and were later adopted by the family of a wealthy doctor from Shiraz. Both studied law because Ladan wanted to be a lawyer, although Laleh nurtured ambitions of becoming a journalist. But what each wanted above all else was to be allowed to live life as an individual and separate woman.


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