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NAIROBI, Kenya, 8 November 2016 – A team of healthcare workers is set to accompany the conjoined twins that were separated by specialists at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) six days ago, on discharge.

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu said health workers will continue to monitor the twins after discharge to aid their recovery process and assist the family in rehabilitating them.

Dr. Mailu made the remarks when he visited the babies on Tuesday and urged the hospital management to make arrangements, for the doctors to continuously review the twins namely Blessing and Favour.

“We would wish to have a social worker and a team of people sent to the children’s home to let us know if there is need for social rehabilitation and advice on the way forward. They will also educate family members on what needs to be done in the short and long term,” he observed.

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 after a 23 hour surgery. The entire process cost more than KSh160 million and Dr. Mailu observed that the government will consider settling the bill.

The twins’ mother, Caroline Mukiri, said she is anxious to take her girls home. “It has not been easy raising the conjoined twins and I am grateful for the doctors who oversaw the entire process.”

 The 29 year old mother lauded the hospital and government for the support. “I couldn’t have afforded it and I really appreciate it. God bless the team that helped us and all those who encouraged me,” she said.

Ms. Mukiri observed that the babies are in good shape and have been speaking and moving their limbs. “They have been looking for each other after doctors placed them in separate rooms for recovery.”

The babies are currently in the High Dependency Unit and have no neurological deficit. Their wounds are closing and healing properly.

“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 noted.

According to the mother of two, the biggest challenge before they were separated was when they went to sleep. Ms. Mukiri explained that sometimes one of the twins would wake up before the other and she would have to sit until the other woke up.

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Dr. Mailu similarly urged Kenyans to have faith in their institutions even as the government continues working towards resolving utstanding challenges. “We want to wish the babies a full recovery so that they can begin school and move on with life.”