6 December 2012

Nigeria: Conjoined Twins in Kano Need N600,000 for Separation

Kano — Three months-old twins joined at the vertebrate and one anus need N600.000 for a surgery that would separate them.

Hassana and Hussaina, according to their mother, Malama Badariyya Badaru, were born at the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano, but were later transferred to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital for intensive care.

"I gave birth to them at Murtala Hospital, and they seemed to be in good health, but when the nurses found out that the twins were joined from the back, we were quickly referred to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital for intensive care. We were also told that a surgery has to be carried out to separate them," she said.

According to Malama Badariyya, her husband and the father of the conjoined twins is a civil servant with low income, and cannot afford the money needed for the surgery.

"My husband is a civil servant, and we cannot afford the amount of money needed. We have been given a three months waiver by AKTH, and the waiver will expire in a few days. We are in need of assistance from the public to save these babies," she said.

Head of Department Surgery at the Teaching Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Aminu Gwarzo, said the conjoined twins have a joined vertebrate and one anus, and that N600, 000.00 is needed for a surgery on them.

"We have done some investigations on the conjoined twins, and we discovered that instead of having a separate vertebral column, the twins were joined at the tail end of their vertebrate forming a 'U' shape. We still need to conduct other investigations before conducting the surgery," he said.

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