Siamese twins need expert surgery

October 22, 2008 12:00 am

, MOMBASA, October 22 – Siamese twins joined at the chest and abdomen were expected to be airlifted to Nairobi Wednesday for specialised surgery to separate them.

Born at the Sayyidah Fatimah Nursing Home in Kisauni, Mombasa on Tuesday night, the twin girls were transferred to the Coast Provincial General Hospital for observation as they prepared to be airlifted.
Deputy Chief Administrator at the Coast General Hospital Hilton Jillo said that the twins were in a stable condition, but required major surgery to successfully separate them and in a highly specialised environment.
“The case is quite delicate since we do not know how they share the organs and we plan to refer them to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where the operation can be done,” said Dr Jillo.

The medic told Capital News that the Public Health Ministry and other officials had been informed of the transfer plans.
The twins’ mother, 30-year-old Anne Afura Hussein, has been bunked at the private clinic to recuperate as her daughters were taken to the provincial hospital.

Meanwhile, her husband, 28-year-old Said Omari Hajji, has appealed to well wishers to assist them foot the bill.

Omari, a small-scale businessman, and his wife have four other children apart from the new born twins.


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