Earlier in the medical literature not a single successful case of such an operation was known. It is reported by CNN.
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We add that the separation of Siamese twins is the most difficult in the case of fused heads. 2-year-old Erwin and Prefina were connected in the cranial region, as a result of which even the blood vessels in the brains of the girls were connected.
How was the operation
The head of the hospital, Mariella Enok, met the Siamese twins back in 2018 while traveling in the Central African Republic.
Mariella Enok invited her mother to operate on Erwin and Prefina for free at her hospital, and she agreed.
Siamese twins Erwin and Prefina, who were successfully separated, and their mother / Photo: edition.cnn.com
The first stage of treatment took place in May 2019, the second – in June of that year. In the end, the final operation took place on June 5 and lasted 18 hours. It was attended by 30 doctors and nurses.
“It was an exciting moment, a fantastic, unique experience,” said Carlo Marras, head of the hospital’s neurosurgery
The successful results became known only today, July 8, after the rehabilitation period of girls. Doctors are sure that nothing threatens the girls' health: their brain does not hurt as a result of the operation, and nothing should threaten development in the future.
Erwin and Prefina were born twice. If I stayed in Africa, I don’t know what fate they would have. My little daughters can now grow up, learn and become doctors to help other kids,
– the mother of the sisters admitted.