Separated conjoined twins, Blessings and Favour when they were taken for a day out of hospital on Valentine's Day.
The conjoined twins who were separated by a medical team from the University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) and Kenyatta
National Hospital (KNH) got a special Valentine’s Day treat on Tuesday 14th February 2017. The twins, Blessings and Favour were taken to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Animal Orphanage in Nairobi. It was the first time the twins had stepped out ofthe hospital since they were admitted in 2014. (View video here)
Dressed in red dresses, white tops and stockings and red shoes, the twins walked out of the hospital accompanied by their mother Caroline Mukiri, who also wore a red dress. Caroline was clearly delighted to see her girls out of the hospital environment.
The separation of the sacropagus conjoined twins was performed on 1st& 2nd November 2016 at UoN’s teaching hospital in a 23 hour surgery. Doctors and nurses from the teaching hospital joined forces with the team from the Department of Surgery at CHS. The UoN team included two technicians; Julius Irungu and Sylvester Gitonga Njiru who recorded the surgery and transmitted it live to the team of Senior House Officers/Residents who followed from an adjacent classroom.
A similar set of sacropagus conjoined twins from Dominican Republic were in January, 2017 coincidentally separated in New York in a 21 hour surgery by friends of CHS Dept of Surgery: Dr Kaveh Alizadeh one of the surgeons involved is the founder of Mission Restore an organization that supports the UoN Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Thematic Unit. (Also read: Joint Cases: Nairobi, Kenya|New York, USA)
Dr. Kimani Wanjeri (UoN lecturer and Head of Plastic Surgery Unit of the UoN teaching hospital) said the twins’ wounds have healed very well and discharge by the Paediatric Surgery team is anticipated soon.