Nigerian Doctors Make History, After Successfully Separating Conjoined Twins (Photos)

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Nigerian Doctors are currently being hailed all over the country, after the successful separation of conjoined twins.

The doctors were reported to have spent 13 hours performing complex surgery to separate Goodness and Mercy Martins at the National Hospital Abuja.

The surgery of separating the conjoined twins involved 78 doctors working in two groups.

Nigerian Doctors separate conjoined twins

Lead surgeon Emmanuel Ameh told the BBC the operation to separate Goodness and Mercy Martins at the chest

and abdomen took place in November and the two sisters were now well enough to go home.

He said the operation, which cost about $55,000, was complicated. But the medics at National Hospital Abuja did not charge for their work

because the twins’ parents – Michael Edeh and Maria Onya Martins – could not afford the medical bills.

They rely on Mr Martins’ salary as a painter to get by.

Speaking at the formal presentation of the separated twins on Tuesday, January 7 in Abuja, ahead of their discharge from National Hospital on Wednesday,

the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, attributed the successful outcome of the surgery to the teamwork and administrative support the experts at the hospital received.

The minister of health has visited the hospital to praise the efforts of the medics and meet the family.

Also, the women’s affairs minister has promised to give Mrs Martin a job to help the family.

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