JANE FURSE – Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba on Thursday, 8 April visited the conjoined twins at Mankweng Hospital, where they were transferred, to receive preliminary briefing from specialists after a 41 year-old mother gave birth to them at Jane Furse Hospital on Thursday.
Limpopo Department of Health said a team made up of various medical specialists including amongst others Neonatologist, Radiologists, Paededric Surgeons, Paediatric Cardiologist were busy running studies and tests in order decide on the course of action.
The department said psychologists were also dispatched to offer psychological support to the mother of the twins and her family who did not know that the twins she was carrying were conjoined until birth.
According to the department both babies are clinically stable, not intubated and respiratory-wise coping for now.
MEC Ramathuba requested the public to allow the medical teams to do their work and also offer support to the family of the babies.
The 41 year-old mother, who is a referral from a clinic and was only diagnosed as a normal twin pregnancy during antenatal clinic visit, delivered the set of conjoined babies at Jane Furse Hospital through a Caesarean section. It was only during an operation that doctors discovered that the babies were joined on the chest and abdomen.
Neil Shikwambana, Limpopo Department of Health Spokesperson, said the babies were successfully extracted without any difficulties and transferred to Mankweng Hospital for full and further assessment by both Neonatologists and Paediatric surgeons.
Shikwambana said that the mother was also well but equally transferred for assessment by gynaecologists.