Baby Blessing and baby Favour, a separated conjoined twins in Kenya, had their first face-to-face meeting on Tuesday after they were discharged from the ICU to the general ward.
The two were separated after a delicate procedure that took 23 hours at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
The surgery was performed by nine paediatric surgeons, nine neurosurgeons, 10 plastic surgeons, 11 anesthetics and more than 30 nurses.
The decision to discharge them was arrived at by a multidisciplinary team that held a four-hour deliberation on the children’s clinical progress.
Specialists reported that the children have made remarkable improvement and they no longer require life support.
The twins, who were born on September 4, 2014, were conjoined in the lower region of the spine and shared the anal canal.
“The children will still be under daily review and close monitoring by the multidisciplinary team in the ward,” said head of specialised surgical services Dr Joel Lessan.
Dr Fred Kambuni said the surgical wounds are healing well and the children have not shown any worrisome complications.
The twins’ transfer to the general ward was overseen by the hospital’s CEO Lily Koros.
Blessing and Favour were accompanied by their mother Caroline Mukiri.