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UTH successfully separates conjoined twins Justin and Harrison

Health UTH successfully separates conjoined twins Justin and Harrison

Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya visiting the recovering twins
Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya visiting the recovering twins

The University Teaching Hospital yesterday separated conjoined twins – Justin and Harrison. Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya said the multidisciplinary team started the operation at 09:00hrs and lasted for about two hours.

Dr Chilufya said that the twins were only joined at the liver and no other organs were shared, adding that both babies are breathing on their own in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring and management.

The four months old, born adjoined twins were delivered at the Kabwe General Hospital in December 2018 and thereafter admitted to the Women and New-born Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

A multidisciplinary team was constituted comprising of paediatricians, cardiologists, anaesthesiologists, nutritionists, nurses, surgeons, social workers and administration to prepare for the separation of the twins.

“The milestone operation is another demonstration of competence and improved health service delivery aimed at achieving ‘A Nation of Healthy and Productive People’,” Dr. Chilufya said

Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya visiting the recovering twins
Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya visiting the recovering twins

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Congrats UTH! We are now looking forward to a time when the high profile people will stop going abroad for specialist treatment for any condition due to the fact that UTH is able to handle it

  2. Ma rubbish! You are keen on publishing such stories when there are people on the waiting list that should the patient be unlucky and be poor, they’ll rot in bed. It cannot only be the rich being transferred to Italian Hospital for treatment which is parked with the very lazy selfish doctors that are now in it for the money.

    Clear the waiting list in all hospital, impose severe disciplinary procedures for nurses that are there for the sake of uniform and pay check, cut down on unnecessary transfers to UTH and then you can boast about how well your doing things.

    Else, you suck at your job.

  3. I am still trying to figure out what evacuations are all about. Why can’t we steadily bring in specialized equipment to treat even more cases? Our doctors are very competent but lack the political and financial will of the authority. My view is we can do much, much more. Congratulations, UTH!

  4. The majority of those evacuated come back dead or come back to die in UTH. Therefore those evacuations do nothing to save lives. The patients could as well have been kept at UTH and the outcome would have been the same. Probably even better as these patients have close social support in addition to treatment. Money unnecessarily given to the foreign hospitals would be better spent improving UTH and other hospitals in Zambia.

  5. Why the sudden prevalence of conjoined babies being born in the past 10-20years. Medical researchers please look into this.

    • Kwena mwe. What have we been forced to eat the past 10 years? Junk food? Gmos? What medicines have we been receiving especially for free? What are we treating our drinking water with?
      Where are our health scientists? Here are your challenges

  6. It is a very simple operation
    … the liver grows if you cut it so not complicated operation after all

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