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FMC separates conjoined twins in Yola

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FMC separates conjoined twins in Yola

The management of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola, Adamawa State, has successfully separated a set of female ‘omphalopagus’ (conjoined) twins. Addressing journalists yesterday, the Medical Director of the FMC, Yola, Prof. Mohammed Auwal, said the twins were discovered at birth to be conjoined in their upper abdomen from the lower chest to navel.

Auwal said the twins were brought to the FMC from Maiduguri, Borno State, when they were four months old, adding that the twins would be six months old on May 23.

He said they had been on admission since then. Muhammed said that the surgery was conducted on May 14, adding that the chance of survival of the twins was “excellent’’.

He said it took four hours for the medical team to separate them and that the separation was the second of its kind at the hospital.He recalled that the first operation was successfully carried out in 2014.

“They were successfully separated on May 14, 2018, after six weeks in the hospital, following a four-hour intensive surgical operation and were transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for postoperative care,” he stated.

He added: “Such operation in some circumstances takes two weeks if there are no complications, but in this case, they did well and were transferred to the ward on the second day after surgery and have resumed normal feeding.”

Auwal expressed appreciation for the support from medical doctors, clinical staff and other departmental heads on the roles played despite the current strike action embarked upon by JOHESU.

While also applauding the Federal Government for the support, the Medical Director called for more effort in the area of providing drugs and other incentives to enable the doctors to excel. According to him, Nigerian doctors have all the potential needed to improve, noting that if the needed support is given, Nigerians travelling abroad for treatment could be cured at home.

Speaking to journalists at the hospital, the father of the conjoined twins, Mallam Mohammed Ramat, commended the management of the FMC. Ramat said: “Since their arrival from Maiduguri to FMC, Yola, I never spend a kobo as expenses. I have only been on the receiving end all this while.”

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