The National Hospital, Abuja has announced the separation of conjoined twin girls. The twins named Goodness and Mercy were discharged from the hospital after 16 months of intensive surgical procedures.
The event was witnessed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who the described the successful delivery of the conjoined twins as a very remarkable feat in the country’s medical history.
He said such breakthrough is a clear indication of what can be achieved when the country’s health sector is at its best.
Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Jaf Momoh said the twins conjoined at the chest and abdomen and were delivered at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi on August 13, 2018, and were later referred to the National Hospital.
“They have been on admission at the hospital for more than 16 months, for care and several diagnostic procedures for a detailed diagnosis in preparation for the surgery.
“The hospital management decided to fund the care and the entire processes leading to the major surgical procedure as our corporate social responsibility.
“We therefore ensured that lack of funds did not stop these beautiful girls from having the opportunity to enjoy their lives independently,’’ he said.
Momoh attributed the success of the operation to the hospital’s medical team, adequate funds, as well as the belief and trust the parents of the twins had in the hospital even as he urged state governments to invest more in healthcare, which would aid in addressing such medical challenges, improve the sector, utilise available manpower, as well as ensure that hospitals have a specific specialisation.
Head of the medical team and Chief Consultant Pediatric Surgeon, Prof. Emmanuel Ameh said the operation lasted for more than 12 hours, comprised of 78 medical personnel and that the twins’ growth and development would continue to be monitored.
Minister for Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, while commending the medical team, assured the parents of automatic employment for the unemployed mother in the Federal Civil Service.
Father of the twins, Mr Michael Edeh expressed appreciation to the government, staff and management of National Hospital, as well as family and friends for the support that saved his girls.