- Anick and Destin were born in August in rural DRC
- They had to endure a 15-hour journey to hospital and a flight to Kinshasa
- They were successfully separated and are now recovering well
There was joy and relief after conjoined twin girls from a remote part of the Democratic Republic of Congo were successfully separated recently.
Anick and Destin were born in late August. They had to endure a long, 15-hour journey on a motorbike to the nearest hospital in the town of Vanga.
Doctors at the hospital contacted surgeons in the capital Kinshasa, who advised them to bring the twins to see if surgery could be performed.
Concerned that the twins might not survive another long journey, they also contacted a humanitarian airline called Mission Aviation Fellowship.
The airline flew to Vanga to pick the girls and surgeons in Kinshasa successfully separated them.
The twins are now back in Vanga, where they are recovering well. A doctor who spoke to the BBC said all that's being done is regular dressing of their wounds.
The doctor added that it's a miracle that the girls survived long enough to be separated, something that is rare. It's also the first successful separation of conjoined twins in the DRC.
Vanga Hospital IT.