The mother of a set of twins who were born joined at the head is ecstatic the surgery to have them separated was a success.
Siphosethu and Amahle, born in the Eastern Cape, were just four days old when they were taken to the Western Cape’s Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
The emotional mom is overjoyed to be leaving the hospital holding her children one in each arm.
The 31-year old mother, Ntombikayise Tyhalisi was fortunate the connection between the conjoined twins did not involve any shared brain tissue.
A dedicated team for each twin came together for this unique surgery. Comprising of an anaesthetist, neurosurgeon, plastic surgeon, and nurses.
The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital calls the surgery a win for medical science. The twins were joined in what is medically referred to as craniopagus twinning, one of the rarest form of conjoined twinning.
The rare occurrence happens once in every 2.5 million births worldwide.