A team of medics at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital has successfully separated conjoined twins comprising one alive and one dead apart.
The team led by Dr. Joseph Epodoi, the Consultant Surgeon, entered the theatre at 11:00am to conduct the complicated operation that lasted about five hours.
The twin-girls are reported to have been delivered last Saturday at Amuria District Hospital to Joyce Alinga, a- 21- year- old of senior three who conceived during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Reports indicate that moments after the cesarean birth, one of the twins was found dead while the other was alive, prompting medics in Amuria Hospital to refer the children to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital for possible detachment before referral to Mulago National Referral Hospital, where they arrived on Monday. However, the family allegedly failed to secure an appointment with medics to carry out an operation on the children, forcing the family to return to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital on Wednesday.
Dr. Epodoi said that the conjoined twins shared the liver and chest walls, adding that by the time of the operation, the deceased twin had already started rotting but that there are more than 80 percent chances for survival of the living child after the operation. Dr. Epodoi speaking….