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50 Nigerian Experts Separate Conjoined Twins

 

Emmanuel Adigwe

Adeleke Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, has heaped praises on the 50 medical experts, who successfully separated two conjoined twins at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

Mamora disclosed this after a nine-hour long surgery after the twins were successfully separated with no complications.

The minister further disclosed that the Keffi Medical Centre will be one of the centres the Federal Government will focus on for specialized surgery.

”This is the kind of collaboration we advocate between the states and the Federal Government,” he said while commending Nasarawa Governor, Abdullahi Sule, for his support.

The minister also explained that the conjoined twins were delivered at a medical facility in the Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, 15 months ago and after extensive investigation, it was revealed that the twins were adjudged to be joined at the abdomen and rib cage.

Mamora said: “They shared common liver, subcutaneous tissue and skin with fixed xiphisternum and cartilages of the 10th and 11th ribs. The extensive preparation for the separation involved a multi-disciplinary team of over 50 medical experts.

“They included paediatric surgeons, plastic surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, paediatricians/neonatologist, laboratory physicians, scientists, radiologists, nurses, pharmacists, social welfare officers, physiotherapists, orthopedics and surgeons.”

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Yahaya Adamu, who was part of the team, also heaped praises on the doctors.

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