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