A Non-Governmental Organisation, Linking Hands Foundation (LHF), Tuesday announced the successful separation of conjoined twin girls, Miracle and Testimony Ayeni.
They were separated after a surgery at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
A statement by the foundation’s Founder, Mrs Efe Farinre, said the highly complex and extremely risky procedure took 18 hours to perform and was done free of charge (pro bono).
She said the girls would require further surgeries.
The Ayeni twins were fused together at the lower half of the body, a condition which medical experts say occurs in only 1one in 200,000 live births.
The conjoined twins were born in Enugu State last November 16. The Father, Samuel Ayeni is a building supervisor; the mother, Mary, is a fulltime house wife.
Through the Foundation, two Nigerian volunteer medical advisors Dr Opesanmi Esan and Dr Uzoma Ben Gbulie facilitated a contact with the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, which eventually agreed to carry out the operation pro bono in May.
The Foundation said the Kogi State Government donated N3million for the twins’ upkeep while the surgery lasted; Arik Air offered free return tickets to the children and their parents in order to facilitate their travels to the United States of America.
The foundation praised the generous compassion and professionalism of the President of the Le Bonheur Children Hospital, Ms Meri Amour, and the surgical team, led by Dr Max Langham.
Speaking after the successful separation of the twins, the father, Samuel Ayeni, was quoted as saying: “Without faith things wouldn’t have worked out. When you give everything to God and believe, He will give you peace. I have the faith that He is helping us, and we are giving all of this to Him.”
The foundation added: “The linking Hands Foundation expresses hope that the ‘testimony’ of this ‘miracle’ encourages and provokes Nigeria to take decisive action towards world-class medical competency, as well as improved health care for all Nigerian children, regardless of class, tribe or status.”
Mrs Farinre said the successful separation of the Ayeni twins is a demonstration of what organisations and individuals can do together in furtherance of corporate social responsibilities in the overall interests of less-privileged members of the society.PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>