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Ghana: Doctors Separate Conjoined twins…After marathon surgery…both dead!
Posted by admin on 27th February 2013
Twins Conjoined
Twins Conjoined

Dr Oheneba Owusu Danso, one of the 17 surgeons of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital who successfully separated a pair of Siamese twins born three months ago, says they are in a stable condition.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Wednesday, a day after the marathon surgery at the hospital on Tuesday, the doctor said the crucial part of the process is the post-surgery care.

Dr Danso recounted that the surgery began 12:30pm Tuesday and it took eight and half hours to complete. He added that the 17 surgeons, – made up of anesthetics doctors, plastic surgeons, pediatric surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, urology surgeons – together with assisting nurses, spent about 11 hours on the surgery.

Although the twins are “technically” stable he said: “I must say that in all these conditions the operation is one bit of it but the post operative care is about the most critical that we all have to focus on.”

He assured that doctors are now monitoring their slow recovery.

Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng reported that the mother of the twins shed tears of joy after hearing the news that the surgery was successful. He added that she will be seeing them on Wednesday.

The story of the three-month-old infants gained a great deal of national attention and sympathy after it was highlighted in a Hotline Documentary aired on Joy FM.

The surgery to separate them was postponed twice due to their feverish condition, which doctors said needed to be monitored for some time before the surgery could be performed.

The MTN Foundation donated Gh¢20,000 towards the surgery while Joy FM and its listeners donated Gh¢12,970 to the babies’ parents.

Both of the two Siamese twins separated yesterday after a marathon surgical operation died one hour apart.

Dr Boateng Nimako of the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital confirmed this to Luv FM’s Ohemeng Tawiah Wednesday evening.

She is said to have died from a hole in heart complication.

The two were said to be in critical condition after the surgery and were kept at the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Doctors are still working to keep the other twin alive.