A pair of conjoined twin girls with a particularly uncommon situation have been efficiently separated at a hospital within the Vatican City.
Ervina and Prefina, aged 2, had been joined on the cranium earlier than an operation that lasted 18 hours and concerned 30 medical doctors and nurses, in keeping with a press release from the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital printed Tuesday.
In the video above: Parents pleasure as conjoined twins separated
The separation passed off on June 5 and the girls, who’re from the Central African Republic, are anticipated to make a full restoration.
This is the primary time that medical doctors in Italy have efficiently separated conjoined twins in whole posterior craniopagus, which implies they shared a cranium and a majority of blood vessels.
There aren’t any different instances of a profitable intervention described in medical literature anyplace else on this planet.
The staff stated that is “one of the rarest and most complex forms of fusion,” and they ready for the intervention for greater than a yr.
Hospital president Mariella Enoc met the twins on a visit to Central African Republic in July 2018 and supplied to deal with them in Rome.
The twins arrived in Italy in September 2018 with their mom, Ermine, and the primary stage of their remedy was carried out in May 2019.
A second stage passed off in June 2019, and they had been lastly separated final month.
“It was an exciting moment, a fantastic, unrepeatable experience,” stated Carlo Marras, head of neurosurgery on the hospital.
“It was a very ambitious goal and we did everything to achieve it, with passion, optimism and joy.”
The twins celebrated their second birthday on June 29 and medical checks present that they’re doing properly.
Their brains are intact and the profitable surgical procedures imply their motor and cognitive growth ought to be regular, the hospital stated.
Ermine thanked the staff for treating her daughters and stated she would really like them to be baptized by Pope Francis.
“Ervina and Prefina were born twice. If we had stayed in Africa I don’t know what fate they would have had,” she stated
“My little girls can now grow up, study and become doctors to save other children.”