Joy as conjoined twins sees each other after surgery



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NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – The conjoined twins who were separated at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) two weeks ago had their first face to face encounter on Tuesday after being discharged from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Blessing and Favour had been put in separate wards after the 23 hour surgery and had been asking for each other. A team of doctors that oversaw the ground breaking surgery held a lengthy strategy meeting to map out the way forward after discharging them from the Intensive care Unit (ICU).

Their mother, Caroline Mukiri, could not contain her joy over the development. She contended ‘’I will remain grateful to the team that led to the twins separation.” Last Tuesday the mother of the twins indicated that she is eager to take her girls home as it had not been easy raising them as conjoined twins.

“I am happy that they can talk because I was a bit scared at first. It gives me courage to hear them talk and to see them try to turn and move their legs. I’m very happy to know that they will now be able to wear dresses without me worrying about covering their legs,” she said.

When the Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu visited the twins last week, he indicated that a team of health care workers will accompany the girls home and assist them in settling down. He said this will aid the twin’s recovery and rehabilitation process.

The twins have been living at KNH for the last two years, as doctors prepared for the historical surgery. They were separated by a team of 60 doctors with various specialties in a process that cost more than KSh160 million. Dr. Mailu announced that the government will consider settling the bill.