Doctors at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda successfully separated a dead conjoined twin from a surviving sibling.
The surgery done on the conjoined twins attached by the stomach happened on Friday, March 26.
According to a report by Daily Monitor, the twins were delivered through a caesarean section but one was born still.
After learning that one baby was dead, doctors at Amuria Health Centre IV referred the mother, Loyce Alinga and her babies to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, where upon assessment were sent to Mulago hospital.
While at Mulago, no doctor attended to the babies later when they were handed a letter discharging them without any attempt to separate the baby from its twin sister.
According to the babies’ grandfather Paulo Oluo, doctors thought they could die instantly but one remained alive for the six days while still attached.
Oluo said that upon receiving the discharge letter from Mulago they got distressed after they failed to secure an ambulance to transport the twins.
Requests to use the hospital’s ambulance was futile as the management demanded for USh 1.3 million.
Fortunately, a staff member at the hospital gave them money to hire a vehicle, and off they left for Soroti hospital to seek assistance from the surgeons.
Upon arrival at Soroti, they consented to being responsible for any outcome of the risky operation before the critical procedure kicked off.
Dr Joseph Epodoi who led the operation said there was a layer of living cells separating the babies, adding that the twins were also surviving on different body organs, which made the surgery a success.
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