Meet The Second Set Of Siamese Twins Successfully Separated In Zimbabwe
Some weeks ago, a paediatric team in Zimbabwe successfully separated a set of Siamese twins in a delicate operation. Atipaishe and Anotidaishe were separated by a team of local health personnel at the Sally Mugabe (former Harare Central Hospital) Children’s Hospital in the capital.
The complex and delicate operation took 18 hours to separate the conjoined twins. Atipaishe and Anotidaishe were joined at the abdominal-pelvic region and shared a liver as well as some parts of their intestines. One of the most delicate parts of the surgery was dividing the liver into two for each of the girls. The surgeons also divided some of the intestines which the girls had been sharing.
The conjoined twins who are now 4 months old, were separated on 23 February at the age of 73 days. Atipaishe and Anotidaishe were on Friday visited by the Minister of Health and Child Care, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
Below are some of the pictures from the visit,
This is the second time that Zimbabwean paediatric surgeons have successfully separated conjoined twins. The first historic operation took place in 2014 and involved 50 medical personnel who separated Siamese twins Tapiwanashe and Kupakwashe.
The then two-month-old male twins were joined at the chest and abdomen including the liver. Just like the second operation, the most delicate part of the surgery was on the liver, which had to be cut into two to ensure both boys were left with a portion each.
Thanks to the tenacity, grit, skill and teamwork, the medical team which comprised of surgeons, anaesthetists, paediatricians, neonatologists and nurses working with minimal resources separated the boys and Tapiwanashe and Kupakwashe are now healthy seven-year-old boys.