A 19-year-old woman in Soroti district has given birth to conjoined twins. The twins, both girls, arrived on Monday night after a caesarean operation. Dr. Emmanuel Batiibwe, the director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, told reporters that the twins were conjoined from the waist with each facing the opposite direction.
The twins, both girls, arrived on Monday night after a caesarean operation.
Their parents, Esther Akello and her husband Charles Oriokot, are peasants from Omulala in Asuret sub-county, Soroti district.
Akello on her hospital bed told URN that the Siamese twins were her first delivery.
Dr. Emmanuel Batiibwe, the director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, told reporters that the twins were conjoined from the waist with each facing the opposite direction. He added that they have discovered the twins could be sharing the umbilical cord.
Dr. Batiibwe said the babies are in a stable health condition and have a chance to live if a successful operation to separate them is carried.
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Dr. Batiibwe noted that the operation may not be possible at Soroti Hospital due to lack of advanced medical theatre equipment. He said that the twins will be referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital that has better equipment.
He told Uganda Radio Network that this is the first time Siamese twins are delivered at Soroti regional referral hospital.
In April 2011, a set of conjoined twins was born at Ngora Hospital in Ngora district. The twin girls, Apio and Adong, from Omaditok village shared one heart and liver but were separate at the head and from the pelvic bone downwards. Their mother, 19-year-old Agnes Anyait, died shortly after giving birth.
The twins died nine months later as doctors were still monitoring their growth before undergoing an operation. Dr. Birabwa Male Doreen, a clinical surgeon at the hospital then told URN that the twins needed 12kgs combined weight for an operation to be carried out.