By Ritah Kemigisa and Moses Ndhaye
The conjoined twins, Doris and Stella who were successfully separated after a 20 hour surgery at Mulago specialized hospital will have to undergo another procedure if they are live a normal life.
Yesterday a team of 20 specialists from Mulago specialized hospital in a land mark surgery separated the seven months old twins who were sharing the sacrum bone.
According to Dr. John Ssekabira a consultant pediatrician surgeon at the Mulago specialized hospital, the twins were sharing the rectum and Urethra.
“We had to put a bypass so that they can pass stool temporarily through a vasectomy for diversion of Urine,” said Dr Ssekabira.
He says when these twins grow up, they will be able to correct all these abnormalities.
“After six months or a year, when the inflammatory tissues have healed, we shall be able to put the Vagina and rectum in right places and also create the Urethra,” added Dr Ssekabira.
Dr John Mark Mayanja Kasumba, a Senior Consultant Anesthesiology, Mulago Hospital the twins underwent a and half-hour anesthetic team for a surgery that lasted over 17 hours.
He says two specialists were responsible for anesthetic are; Dr Mary Nabukenya and Janet Tumukunde.
He says the twins will continue to be monitored adding that no stone will be left untouched.
“Both twins are doing well at this point in time, we are monitoring them around the clock,” said Dr Kasumba describing the separation procedure as ground-breaking and the first of its kind in the country.
According to research, the success of surgery depends on where the twins are joined and how many and which organs are shared, as well as the experience and skill of the surgical team.
The Mulago hospital deputy ED, Dr Rosemary Byanyima says the mother of twins was referred from a health facility to Lira regional referral hospital and later to Mulago national referral hospital.
The twins were admitted for some time at the hospital until their parents who are peasant farmers requested to go back home when the lockdown began.
Dr Byanyima however says the twin’s mother in June registered difficulties in feeding the babies since she did not have enough breast milk and they became malnourished.
Arrangements were made and the twins were readmitted at Mulago where experts provided the basic needs for them and started preparing them for the groundbreaking surgery.