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African Conjoined Twins Separated In 27 Hour Operation In Turkey

Conjoined twin sisters from Cameroon have been successfully separated in a 27-hour operation by surgeons in Turkey.

Twin sisters Elizabeth and Mary arrived in Turkey from their home in Cameroon when they were nine months old.

Following seven months of planning and a final 27-hour operation to separate the conjoined twins, both girls have been discharged from hospital in Istanbul.

The twin female , Elizabeth and Mary, separated after a 27-hour operation successfully in a hospital in Istanbul,Turkey 2021. (Newsflash)

The twins’ father Richard Akwe said: “We were very saddened by the thought of our babies not being able to move around freely and that they were hurting.

“We were also saddened by the crying of our little girls when they were hungry while my wife tried to breastfeed them one by one, but they were a gift to us and we are dedicated to taking care of them in the best way possible.”

The girls’ mother Anne Caroline Akwe said: “Despite the many difficulties, I breastfed my babies for a year while they were conjoined.

The twin female , Elizabeth and Mary, separated after a 27-hour operation successfully in a hospital in Istanbul,Turkey 2021. (Newsflash)

“We never lost hope that they would be separated and live in good health. And that dream came true with the extraordinary effort and success of the Turkish doctors.”

After the 27-hour operation, neurosurgeon Dr Memet Ozek said: “The separation of the lower part of the spinal cord was a problem in the eight-and-a-half-hour separation process. Why was it a problem?

“Because it involved four important functions: the movement of their feet, their control of the urinary tract, being able to control defecation, and to prevent a problem in their future sex life. Each one had its own unique set of problems. After surgery, the aim is to keep them protected.”

Michael Leidig

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