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Separated Siamese twins discharged

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THE five-month-old conjoined Murehwa twins, who were successfully separated by doctors at Harare Central Hospital in July this year, have been certified fit to receive further treatment from their rural home.

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The “miracle twins” father Moses Chitiyo confirmed the development yesterday saying his boys — Kupakwashe and Tapiwanashe — who have been receiving specialist home-based care at their grandparents’ Highfield home after they were discharged from hospital last month, had been finally certified fit to join the rest of the family.

“We are very happy that we are taking the boys home to Murehwa,” Chitiyo said.

“This is by the grace of God and we would like to thank everyone who was involved in the boys’ care from the start.”

Chitiyo said only one of the boys still needed dressing and would be back at Harare Central Hospital for check-ups in the next three days.

The twins’ mother Agnes Mangoro said: “I am happy that we are going home and that the boys are doing fine.

“The boys are very healthy and recovering well, that is why we are not going back to Murehwa.”

The twins were born on April 22 conjoined from the lower chest to the upper abdomen and sharing the same liver.

They were delivered through Caesarian section at Murewa District Hospital and later transferred to Harare Central Hospital where a team of at least 50 health professionals joined forces to separate them.

President Robert Mugabe visited the twins soon after the historic operation and commended local doctors for excelling under difficult working conditions.

The country’s first successful separation of Siamese twins was conducted in 1983.

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