6 January 2013

Nigeria: National Hospital Yet to Separate Conjoined Twins

The conjoined twins, who were referred to the National Hospital, Abuja, from the Mararaba Medical Centre, Nasarawa State, are yet to be separated. They are however reportedly in stable condition, LEADERSHIP SUNDAY has learnt.

The set of twins, who were taken to the National Hospital last Thursday, are at present receiving attention at the SCDU of the hospital.

In a telephone chat yesterday, the hospital's head of public relations, Tayo Haastrup, said the conjoined babies were safe and receiving special attention from the doctors.

Asked when they would be separated, Haastrup said: "I can only confirm that the children are in the National hospital. But I can't confirm when the surgery to separate them will take place. However, I hope to get a clear picture of the situation by Monday (tomorrow)."

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, our sister publication, yesterday reported that 17-year-old Safiya Sani was delivered of conjoined twins at the Mararaba Medical Centre, Mararaba Gurku in Nasarawa State.

Safiya, a seamstress whose husband Sani Ahmed is an Arabic teacher in one of the mosques in Mararaba, appealed to the federal and state governments as well as well-meaning Nigerians for help to save the lives of the babies.

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