Formerly conjoined twins Blessing Kathure and Favour Karimi have been discharged from the Kenyatta National Hospital nearly 8 months after they were separated in a history making surgery.
The twins who were admitted to the Specialised Surgical Paediatric Ward on September 5, 2014 were discharged yesterday.
The discharge comes four months after the twin sisters stepped out of the hospital for the first time on Valentine’s Day.
The twins underwent a successful separation surgery on 2nd November 2016 which cost Sh160 million and took 23 hours to complete.
A team of 58, led by pediatric surgeon Fred Kabuni, performed the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, at dawn on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, until 5 am the following day.
At a press briefing at the hospital yesterday, the twins mother, Caroline Mukiri, expressed her joy and thanked KNH for putting a smile on her face.
“I’m so happy today I can’t explain my happiness. I want to thank Kenyatta hospital management for the support. In fact, I can say I came here when I was crying but today I’m going home a happy mother. Thank you so much for making me afford a smile. My prayer is the knowledge you had to separate these babies, may God give you more knowledge to help people,” said the soft-spoken Mukiri.
Doctors said they will continue to closely monitor their progress as time goes by.
The twins were born through normal delivery on September 4, 2014 at St Theresa’s Mission Hospital in Meru County. They were conjoined in the lower region of the spine and shared the anal canal, the cerebral spinal fluid, pelvic and pelvic organs, and the bowels.
They were conjoined in the lower region of the spine and shared the anal canal, the cerebral spinal fluid, pelvic and pelvic organs, and the bowels.