Hospital staff celebrate after successful operation
By Ofentse Mokae
23 July 2009
Staff at the Red Cross Children’s hospital are celebrating work well done after they successfully separated twins.
The staff bade an emotional farewell to 18-month-old twins, conjoined when they arrived at the hospital more than a year ago and now successfully separated.
Masilive and Mandilive Jiba were joined at the chest and abdomen when they were born in 2007.
The twins were admitted to the hospital shortly after their birth.
According media reports a six-hour surgery in May this year, the team operating on the twins were surprised when it discovered both girls had two separate hearts.
Previous investigations indicated that the twins shared vital organs including a liver and a membrane surrounding the heart.
The only major organ they shared was the liver, which the team divided.
Doctors believe that with a lot of support the twins would be able to live a normal life.
After they were discharged from the hospital and a long stay in Cape Town the family returned home to Lusikisiki on Wednesday.