It’s the joy of every parents to give birth to healthy and happy children with zero medical issues..But the story was quite different for the Ade Martins family after Mercy and Goodness came out as conjoined twins less than a year ago in Nigeria.
Fortunately fate smiled on them when Doctors took up their case in Abuja months ago precisely in November 2019,and after 13hrs operation by group of pediatric surgeons led by Emmanuel Ameh at the government run specialist center, the girls were the first conjoined twins to be successfully separated by 78 team.
According to reports the twins were scheduled to be operated in August but had to wait till November to aviod complications,
Speaking to CNN correspondent Dr Tayo Haastrup revealed
“We are just happy and proud that the team that worked on this surgery were all Nigerians. It was done in Nigeria and the parents didn’t have to go outside the country,”which runs into thousands of dollars, was done free of charge to the parents, who work in menial jobs and would not have been able to afford the surgery”.
He further disclosed that aside from being joined at the chest, the twins were born with a condition known as omphalocele, a birth defect that left a section of their intestine sticking outside their navel.
So the first step entails the twins had to undergo surgery to repair the area,the doctors had to wait till November for them to recover from the procedure and at same time specialist were able to manage a number of visible complications before the major surgery late last year. Medical Equipment needed for the operation was also made available.
“We needed to determine if they could live independently when they are separated. We found out that they were sharing a diaphragm and one liver was serving both of them, but all other organs were separate”.