Na­tional hos­pi­tal dis­charges sep­a­rated con­joined twins

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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.

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