Separated twin girls head home to Bhutan

After capturing the hearts of Australians, it’s time for Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa to head home.

Five months ago the girls arrived in Melbourne, joined at the torso, their nervous mother hoping surgeons could separate her sweethearts.

A team of 25 surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital claimed success in November after a lengthy and delicate procedure.

On Wednesday, the separated 19-month-old toddlers and their dedicated mum are due to jet out of Australia, bound for their Himalayan home.

There will no doubt be plenty of tears from the team at Children First Foundation, who have cared for the girls throughout their recovery and often referred to their “cheeky” personalities.

Mother Bhumchu hopes to say a few words of thanks “but may be overwhelmed saying goodbye”, the foundation said ahead of their departure.

© AAP 2019