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Parents seek help to separate conjoined twins

Parents of conjoined twins at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital are appealing for assistance to have their bundle of joy with a rare condition separated.

The twins weighing 4.6 kg each (all female) who were delivered in a private facility in Kisii County before they were referred to KTRH are said to be in a stable condition

But the parents of the twins, Linet and Vincent Magati, both 23 years while appreciating the bundle of joy, requested for their separation through surgery.

According to the parents, no complications were experienced during pregnancy until the last day when acute stomach pains prompted the mother to seek hospitalization.

A pregnancy scan indicated she was heavy with twins which were then delivered through a caesarean section.

The parents, who hoped the operation would be successful, appealed for assistance from well-wishers disclosing they had no formal employment and were resource strapped.

Dr. Evans Monda, a Medical Officer at the KTRH confirmed the twins were in their unit awaiting transfer to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialized medication. He described their weight at birth as ‘normal’ saying they were in ‘stable’ condition.

Monda explained separation of conjoined twins depended on whether they had their own distinct organs or shared some. Sharing of critical organs such as the liver and pancreas might however pose challenges in separation of such children. He said multiple births was not genetic.

The assistance can be channeled through (0791 230 579) Mr. Magati, the father

By Jane Naitore

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