A set of 8month Old Siamese Twins (both girls) have successfully been separated by the Federal Medical Centre, Yola.
According to news report, the twins had been flown by the Nigeria Air Force to Yola in January from the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, when they were only a couple of weeks old and joined around the abdomen, but the surgery to remove them was delayed due to COVID-19 exigencies.
The Medical Director of the FMC Yola, Prof. Auwal Abubakar, who spoke to newsmen over the weekend during a farewell for the twins and their parents, said the surgery which separated them was finally done on the 10th of this month, August.
Explaining the circumstances, he said, “We were getting set to do the surgery when COVID-19 came. It was a new disease and we were learning to cope with it. Many services at the hospital were suspended and even to get certain consumables was difficult. The separation was done on the 10th of August and there was no problem at all. We discharged them from intensive care on the third day. They are fully okay.”
He disclosed that a 48-member team comprising specialist surgeons, anesthetics consultants, nurses, technicians, among others, carried out the operation with the aid of sophisticated machines, some recently donated by the Nigeria Liquefied Gas Ltd (LNG).