CHS, KNH Campus
Members of the joint team pose for a group photo after successfully conducting the 23-hour operation to separate conjoined twins at Kenyatta National Hospital on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended a joint medical team from the College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital after a successful separation of conjoined twins on Wednesday.
In a statement, the President said the team did a good job during the surgery that lasted for 23 hours and wished the two-year-old twin girls, Blessing and Favour quick recovery.
"The successful surgery by the multidisciplinary team is a continental first; and given the fact that it was conducted at the KNH Main Theatre is testimony of the vast improvement in the quality and capacity of healthcare facilities and services available in Kenya's public hospitals.
"We wish the twin girls a quick recovery and all the best as they embark on life after the surgery," the President said in a statement on Thursday.
The President also thanked the medical team for their outstanding work, dedication and a great sense of civic duty.
"The joy of the mother, relatives and family friends of the girls is shared by the whole nation and beyond," the statement read in conclusion.
The joint medical team of over 50 medical specialists including paediatric surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses was led by Dr. Fred Kambuni the KNH Chief Paediatric Surgeon and Prof. Nimrod Mwang’ombe, the Head of Neurosurgery at the College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi.
The highly delicate surgery which was performed at the KNH Main Theatre started on Tuesday morning at 6am and ended on Wednesday at 5am.
The children are currently admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), are stable and are receiving specialized care.