- A local mother recently expressed how happy she was after her conjoined twins underwent successful surgery to be separated
- The Siamese twins, who were joined by their heads, underwent the surgery at the Red Cross Children's hospital
- The children were born in the Eastern Cape and taken to the Cape Town hospital when they were only four days old
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Ntombikayise Tyhalisi (31), the mother of Siphosethu and Amahle, twins who were born joined by their heads, recently expressed how delighted she was that her girls successfully underwent surgery to have them separated.
The surgery took place in February this year at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The girls, who were born in the Eastern Cape, were transferred to the Red Cross hospital when they were only four days old.
“I am overjoyed! I wasn’t expecting to leave here holding my children one in each arm,” says the young mother in a Western Cape Govt article.
The news quickly spread across Mzansi and soon many locals were sharing the proud mom's news on social media platforms. The news is especially exciting considering that the twins were conjoined by their heads, which is referred to as craniopagus twinning, one of the most difficult to separate, Professor Tony Figaji, head of paediatric neurosurgery at the hospital explains.
“We were fortunate in this case that the connection did not involve any shared brain tissue and didn’t involve major [blood] vessels going from one twin to the other,” says Prof Figaji.
Meanwhile, in other feel-good YEN.com.gh, a woman in Mali has given birth to nine babies, making history as one of the few women in the world to deliver nonuplets.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Health in the West African country, the woman, identified as Halima Cisse, was expected to give birth to seven babies, but an ultrasound didn't detect two more babies in her womb.
The ministry disclosed Cisse gave birth to five girls and four boys through caesarean section. Halima had been under the watchful eyes of doctors in Bamako for two weeks but was transferred to Morocco for specialised care under the orders of interim President Bah Ndaw.
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