Saturday, May 11, 2013

Conjoined Nakuru twins die at KNH

The conjoined twins soon after they were born at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital. They died on 11th of May 2013 morning, doctors said. FILE/PHOTO

The conjoined twins soon after they were born at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital. They died on 11th of May 2013 morning, doctors said. FILE/PHOTO 

By ANTHONY OMUYA

The conjoined twins born in Nakuru 5 days ago died Saturday morning, doctors said.

The twins died at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) at 1am.

Earlier, doctors and specialists had indicated that the twins shared organs and could not be surgically separated.

Dr Fred Kambuni, who led a team of specialists in carrying out extensive tests, said it was not possible to separate the siamese twins.

They shared a heart, sexual organs, liver, kidneys, colon and bladder. They also shared a rib cage, had three hands, two separate heads and two legs.

The KNH chief executive Richard Lesiyampe said doctors worked hard and explored all avenues to save the two in vain.

Dr  Kambuni, told the Nation on Friday that  the twins were expected to lose some weight due to jaundice, a yellowing of the eyes in newborns, but were expected to regain it in a few days.

The babies’ mother, 27-year-old Evelyn Omodho a small scale business woman at Ole Nguroine in Rift valley, thanked the team of specialists for working tirelessly to save the twins but said God did his will.

“This is doctors are friendly, I have never seen such doctors who are always ready to help. May the Almighty God reward them. May they live long to serve others in our beloved country,” she said.

The father to the twins Gilbert Tum said the doctors did their best.

“We thank them for they did their best. Other doctors and nurses should emulate them”. He said.

The mother of a three-year-old girl had gone to the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru hoping that the twins would be boys or at least one of them would be male.

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