After spending almost three years in hospital Blessing Kathure and Favour Karimi have finally been released – The two-year-old girls born in 2014 were conjoined at the sacral region of the lower spinal cord – It took a team of 60 doctors to separate the girls in 23 hours The Siamese twins separated at Kenyatta National Hospital have been released from hospital almost three years after being admitted at the hospital. Blessing Kathure and Favour Karimi were admitted to the Specialized Surgical Paediatric ward on September 5, 2014.
The twin girls spent their first night at Meru on Thursday, June 15, after they were officially discharged. The twins leaving the hospital on Thursday The two-year-old girls born in 2014 were conjoined at the sacral region of the lower spinal cord. It took a team of 60 doctors to separate the girls in 23 hours, the first ever successful surgery done in Kenya.
The team included pediatric surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anesthetists and nursing teams. The doctors take pride in the delicate surgery, the first ever of such operations in Kenya and Sub-Sahara Africa. Their mother, Caroline Mukiri, who is jobless, is optimistic the two twin girls will have a brighter future as they headed to Meru, making it the second time they have left the hospital after celebrating Valentines on February 14, 2017 at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.
“I am very happy; I can’t explain my happiness,” Mukiri while speaking to journalists. “I came here crying and now I leave with joy. “May God give the doctors who attended to my children more knowledge to help more people.” They were taken to Meru in an ambulance filled with all their possessions but doctors said they will keep following up on their progress. “We are now moving to the next stage with them,” said Joel Lessan, a consultant paediatric surgeon who was part of the team. “We will monitor their weight, height, body tissue, spine, legs and internal organs to ensure everything is okay. We expect to review them in six weeks.”
The hospital bill, amounting to over KSh 5 million (N15 million), was paid by KNH and the national health insurer, National Hospital Insurance Fund. Here is the full statement from the hospital