Saudi specialists successfully separate TZ conjoined twins

SAUDI ARABIA: THE 16-hour live surgical separation of two-year old conjoined twins, Hassan and Hussein Saidi from Kifurumo Village, in Igunga District, Tabora Region, was completed successfully in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The medical procedure to separate the twins was performed on Thursday featuring nine phases by a team of 35 doctors, specialists, technical and nursing staff at the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital in the King Abdulaziz Medical City under the Ministry of National Guard.

Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Tanzania Yahya Okiesh informed the ‘Sunday News’ on Friday, indicating that the medical and surgical team in Saudi Arabia announced the success of the second operation executed to a set of Tanzanian conjoined twins.

The successful operation follows that of another set of conjoined twins from Misenyi, Kagera identified as Anishia and Melanese, who were flown to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and returned to Tanzania after a successful operation in August 2019.

According to Ambassador Okiesh, General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) and the head of the team, Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, made the announcement on the wee hours of Friday.

“Despite the fact that the operation was complex, we are very relieved to hear that the procedure was carried out successfully,” said Ambassador Okeish.

Prior to the procedure, Hassan and Hussein were sharing the lower chest, abdomen, and pelvis, each having one lower limb. The conjoined twins also were sharing a third lower limb that was deformed.

Again, the two-year-old twins were attached to the liver, intestines, urinary system, and one male reproductive organ, with deformities in the lower abdominal wall and urinary bladder.

According to the Ambassador, the Saudi programme for separating conjoined twins has supervised 133 cases.

The diplomat expressed appreciation to the custodian of the two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince for their unlimited support to the Saudi programme for separating conjoined twins, which has saved the lives of many lives across the globe.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has so far implemented more than 5,694 humanitarian development and charitable projects, benefiting   approximately 167 countries around the world at the total value of 123.22 billion US dollars,” he noted.

“The medical support is a result of the mutual cooperation between the leadership and people of the two countries. The Muhimbili National Hospital had requested the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) to help with the case and without hesitation they agreed,” he added.

He said similar assistance can be extended to anyone who needs help across the world by sending a request to the hospital to study the case, saying if it can help in resolving it is open to receive the case and work on it.

Hassan and Hussein left Tanzania to Riyadh on August 23, this year by private jet after being admitted at the Muhimbili National Hospital for about two years.

The medical and surgical team separated Hassan and Hussein, aged 2, at King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital in the King Abdulaziz Medical City at the Ministry of National Guard in Riyadh.

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