Conjoined Twins Separated in Bauchi State

A medical team in Bauchi state has reportedly separated conjoined twins although the medical team lost one of the children.

The medical team facilitated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The operation which comprised of a team of seven surgeons, doctors and other medical personnel was led by one Dr. Kigbu.

The operation was conducted on Monday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital in Bauchi.

One of the team members who pleaded anonymity said: “Ordinarily, it could cost the parents over N2 million or more to carry out the operation in a private facility. The two-hour operation was conducted by seven surgeons, doctors and other medical personnel.”

Reports indicate that the male child of the twins died while the female child is responding very well to treatment.

The conjoined twins were born to 20-year-old Ikilima Shuaibu and were before separation joined in the stomach.

The mother of the conjoined twins while speaking to journalists at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital on Monday, said: “I gave birth to my twins in the clinic at Chanka but unfortunately the babies were joined together and we were referred to the Teaching Hospital. We have spent 2 months in the hospital receiving treatment until this morning when the doctors came and told us that they want to perform surgery to separate the twins.

“When I delivered the twins, one was complete the other came out without a head but was alive because I was feeling her movement but later died a few days later.

“This is my third delivery. I had two children before the coming of my twins and they were born normal, but the only problem I had while delivering my second baby was that placenta stuck inside my womb but was referred to another PHC in Gar where it was later removed.”