Con­joined twins leave ICU af­ter surgery

‘Both chil­dren are no longer on life sup­port ma­chine and are feed­ing on their own, mov­ing their limbs and com­mu­ni­cat­ing’

The Star (Kenya) - - News General - JOHN MUCHANGI @jo­munji

The con­joined twins who were sep­a­rated at the Keny­atta Na­tional Hospi­tal have left the In­ten­sive Care Unit, mean­ing they are largely out of dan­ger.

KNH said Bless­ing and Favour have shown re­mark­able im­prove­ment af­ter their 23-hour surgery two weeks ago.

They are now in the pe­di­atric wards. “Both chil­dren are no longer on life sup­port ma­chine and are feed­ing on their own, mov­ing their limbs and even com­mu­ni­cat­ing ver­bally,” act­ing KNH CEO Dr Thomas Mu­tie said.

The two girls were suc­cess­fully sep­a­rated on Novem­ber 1, by a team of spe­cial­ists from KNH and the Univer­sity of Nairobi School of Health Sciences.

For most con­joined twins, who can be suc­cess­fully parted, the great­est risks come from un­der­go­ing anes­the­sia and sur­gi­cal com­pli­ca­tions.

At least 70 per cent of con­joined twins around the world are girls and have a bet­ter chance of sur­vival than boys.

The two Kenyan chil­dren were ad­mit­ted in the Pae­di­atric Sur­gi­cal Ward, KNH, since their birth on Septem­ber 4, 2014.

Sur­geons waited to al­low devel­op­ment of key or­gans and also en­able them to gain ap­pro­pri­ate mus­cles to with­stand the surgery.

“The suc­cess­ful surgery is a tes­ti­mony that the coun­try is en­dowed with med­i­cal spe­cial­ists, who can han­dle com­pli­cated hu­man health chal­lenges such as open­heart surgery, or­gan trans­plant, re­con­struc­tive surg­eries and other multi-dis­ci­plinary surg­eries,” Mu­tie said.

The twins were con­joined in the lower re­gion of the spine. They shared the anal canal, the cere­bral spinal fluid, pelvic and pelvic or­gans, and the bow­els. Al­though they will be al­lowed to go home af­ter re­cov­ery, they will later un­dergo four more re­con­struc­tive surg­eries.

/JOHN MUCHANGI

Caro­line Mukiri with her daugh­ters, Bless­ing and Favour, be­fore they were op­er­ated on at KNH on Novem­ber 1

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