A UNIVERSITY Teaching Hospital (UTH) medical team this week successfully carried out a surgical operation to remove the underdeveloped part of a Siamese twin.
This is the 18th Siamese twin operation by the UTH and eighth successful one performed at the institution since the 1970s.
The operation was conducted on a seven-month-old Siamese twin baby girl, Faith Mwape to remove the parasite on the buttocks.
Faith was born to Mercy Lenganji, 18, who got pregnant when she was in Grade 11 in Mufulira and was transferred to UTH on April 25, 2008.
Faith’s operation took the doctors one hour and 57 minutes and was led by chief operator, Tackson Lambart.
The operation, which began at 10:03 hours, was done by Lupando Munkonge of the paediatric surgery department and Dr Lambart, a neurosurgeon. Others were Mwanza Banda, a psychiatrist, Azizov Abdukarim, an anaesthetist, and Maundo Chowa of orthopaedics.