A team of doctors led by Dr Joseph Epodoi from Soroti regional referral hospital have successfully separated conjoined twins.
The twins belong to Alinga Loyce,21, a Senior three Student who was referred from Obalanga in Kapelebyong District to Soroti.
Sarah Aleka the in charge of the Neonatal care unit Soroti Regional referral hospital said that the conjoined twins were referred to Mulago after one died but a team of surgeons and anaesthetist in Mulago could not medically intervene saying the physiology of the dead child had already affected the living one and was brought back home.
On November 17, 2020, a team of 20 specialists at Mulago National Specialized hospital successfully separated 11 months old Siamese twins.
In African countries like Uganda, conjoined twins rarely survive and when they survive usually they don’t survive the surgery. Uganda’s first conjoined twins to survive were operated on seven years ago in a surgery that was conducted in Egypt.
Annually, three to four Siamese twins are referred to Mulago hospital but many times they only have to do emergency operations.