By PSCU/Grace Maina
President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated the joint medical team which conducted a 23-hour surgery that successfully separated conjoined twins, aged two years.
The team comprised medical professionals from the Kenyatta National Hospital and the University of Nairobi’s School of Health Sciences.
The successful surgery by the multidisciplinary team is a continental first; and given the fact that it was conducted at the KNH Main Theatre, it is testimony of the vast improvement in the quality and capacity of healthcare facilities and services available in Kenya’s Public Hospitals.
H.E. the President wishes the twin girls a quick convalescence and all the best as they embark on life after the surgery. The Head of State also thanks 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 twins who were brought to Kenyatta National Hospital from Kiirua Mission Hospital have spent most of their 1 year and 6 months at the facility undergoing intensive medical checkups and tests to set up a plan for the separation procedure.
It marked the first successful surgery of conjoined twins to ever be conducted at the facility
The occurrence of conjoined twins is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births, with a somewhat higher incidence in Southeast Asia, Africa and Brazil.
Approximately half are stillborn, and an additional one-third die within 24 hours.
Most live births are female, with a ratio of 3:1 while most stillborns are male.
All medical expenses related to the surgery are catered by the hospital as a humanitarian gesture