Separated Swaziland twins off a drip‚ condition ‘stable’


Separated Swaziland twins off a drip‚ condition ‘stable’

Nomahlubi Jordaan | 2017-01-30 11:11:49.0

Bongekile Simelane and her twin girls who were born conjoined.

Image by: NETCARE

Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane‚ the Swaziland twins who were born conjoined at the abdomen‚ are in a stable condition.

This is according to Netcare Unitas Hospital in Centurion‚ where the twins underwent a successful six-hour separation operation last Saturday.

“Uwenzile and Uyihlelile are no longer being fed intravenously and their bodily functions are all working healthily‚” said Dr Marleen Engelbrecht‚ the paediatrician who is responsible for the twins’ care.

The twins are currently in the hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit and are still being ventilated and “closely” monitored.

The Swaziland Government’s Phalala Fund is funding the twins’ medical care.

Dr Tony de Coito‚ managing director of Healthshare Health Solutions‚ which administers the fund for the Swaziland Ministry of Health‚ said they were pleased that the procedure to separate Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane went well.

“We are thrilled that the twins are making good progress‚ but having been born prematurely and undergone a major surgery‚ they still have a long road to go to full recovery. We are pleased that we were able to assist the family and find them such outstanding medical care in South Africa‚” De Coito said.

Uwenzile and Uyihlelile were delivered on January 2 weighing a combined 4.21kg.

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