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