Friday, 22 April 2016

SIAMESE TWINS TURN TWO

Zimbabwe’s first Siamese twins to be successfully separated in the country celebrate their second birthday today and are living a healthy and normal life. Christened Kupakwashe and Tapiwanashe, the boys who were conjoined from the lower chest to the upper abdomen and shared a liver before a major operation, are living proof that the country has expertise to perform major operations.

In an interview with The Herald yesterday, the father of the twin boys Mr Moses Chitiyo hailed the country’s medical practitioners for a job well done on his sons saying they have not faced any complications since the historic surgical procedure.
“Ever since the operation two years ago the twins have been doing very fine. They are in a stable condition and growing up like any other normal children out there,” he said.

“Their wounds are yet to completely dry up like any other operation. The process takes time, but I can safely say that any cases or challenges we have faced in their upkeep are nothing from the ordinary. Otherwise, they are healthy and stable.”

Mr Chitiyo said the twins did not face any challenges in learning how to talk or walk. The country broke new ground in its medical history on July 29, 2014 when a team of 50 Zimbabwean doctors successfully participated in the separation of conjoined twins from Murehwa District in Mashonaland East province.

The twins were born at Murehwa Rural District Hospital in 2014.

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