National hospital discharges separated conjoined twins
The National hospital Abuja on Thursday discharged the conjoined twin girls who were successfully separated after several surgeries.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Jaf Mommoh, said the twins were conjoined at the chest and abdomen.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conjoined twins were referred from the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State, to the hospital on August 13, 2018.
Mommoh said the twins had been on admission at the hospital for months in preparation for the surgery.
he said the separation was more successful than the previous six the hospital carried out.
he said the hospital management decided to fund the care and the entire processes leading to the major surgical procedure for the separation as “our Corporate Social Responsibility.’
The Board Chairman of the hospital, Mrs Partricia etteh, said the hospital would continue to monitor the twins to ensure that they lived a healthy life.
etteh said the hospital would give the parents N200,000 for the upkeep of the babies and also called on well-meaning Nigerians to assist the parents to properly cater for the twins.
The head of the Medical team and Chief Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Prof. emmanuel Ameh, said the twins stayed for nine months and were properly monitored which enabled the hospital to carry out the surgery.
Ameh said conjoined twins were very few in the world and that not every surgeon had enough experience.
he said the operation lasted for more than 12 hours and involved 78 medical personnel.
Ameh said the twins’ growth and development would continue to be monitored by the hospital.
The father of the twins, Mr Michael edeh, appreciated the government and management of the hospital for work well done and promised to take care of the babies.