- The conjoined twins who were born in KwaZulu-Natal last October have been separated
- The surgery lasted 13-hours
- 25 doctors worked on the delicate procedure
Two baby girls, Siphiwe and Nkosingiphiwe Mbuyisa, who were born as conjoined twins, are successfully recovering from their separation surgery.
They were operated at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.
The twins, who were born in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on October last year, were joined by the chest and abdomen, but luckily, each one had her own heart and gastrointestinal system.
The intervention was apparently very delicate, and lasted around 13 hours. A group of 25 specialists were part of the complicated procedure, led by Dr Harshavadan Mackanjee.
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The surgery –which took months to organize– was successful, described as a miracle by Mackanjee. "This operation represents a magnificent exercise of cooperation, discipline and expertise," he said. although one of the babies is still on life support, the other one has already started breathing on her own.
Fikile, the girls’ mother, has commented the intense relief she has felt after knowing they are doing well, and will most probably make it after their separation.
Here is an endearing view of both twins already separated:
The twins' separation has received much attention from the media: