– The Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng and her Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine both confirmed the doctors spent 20 hours
– Hospital’s deputy director Byanyima said the exercise was the most complex to be undertaken by the health institution
– The two babies were conjoined at the lower back and need to be operated to start a new life
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Celebrations marked end of surgery operation at the Uganda’s Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital after doctors separated Siemese twins.
A team of highly specialised doctors just needed 20 hours to successfully go about the operation that ended on the morning of Tuesday, November 17.
The Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng and her Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine both confirmed the development via their Twitter handles.
“Immense appreciation to our team of specialists who carried out a 20-hour long surgery to separate Siamese twins at Mulago National Specialised Hospital. The dedication, hard work and efforts put by our team is beyond noble,” Aceng stated.
The two babies were conjoined at the lower back.
Hospital’s deputy director Rosemary Byanyima said the exercise was the most complex to be undertaken by the health institution.
“The complexity of the operation makes it the first case to be handled by us. The twins were joined together at different parts of the body,” she explained in a report by New Vision.
The separation surgery of the Sacrophagus twins who were joined at the lower back took 23 hours.
The twins have been in KNH since September 5, 2014, following their referral from St. Theresa Hospital, Kiirua in Meru County.
This was the first of its kind in Africa and President Uhuru Kenyatta could not hide his joy at the success.
He said the team exhibited outstanding work, dedication and a great sense of civic duty.
“The joy of the mother, relatives and family friends of the girls is shared by the whole nation and beyond,” he said.
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