2nd set of conjoined twins separated in Zimbabwe recovering well

By Abigirl Tembo Health Editor
ANOTHER historic marathon surgery involving 100 medical specialists successfully separated four month old Siamese twins, Atipaishe and Anotidaishe Mutare who are recovering well at Sally Mugabe Hospital.
On the 23rd of February this year, a local team of paediatric surgeons successfully separated a pair of twins joined at the abdominal pelvic region in a complex 22-hour surgery performed at Sally Mugabe Hospital, formerly Harare Central Hospital.
This Friday, Vice president General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, visited Sally Mugabe Paediatric Hospital where he was briefed on the operation which was led by Dr Bothwell Mbuwayesango.
“It is not easy to operate on Siamese twins, it was a complex operation. We had the most excellent team, these people are very highly trained and are marketable. Let’s do whatever is in our power to keep the nurses, to keep the specialists in our country,” said Dr Bothwell Mbuwayesango, a Paediatric and Neonatal surgeon.
Vice President Chiwenga commended the team of doctors for a job well done.
“I am very pleased to witness this benchmark. The surgery is a historic feat. You continue to make this country proud and I will also make you proud. I can see there is a lot of dedication, teamwork and research, we take cognisant of that. Good deeds must be rewarded, excellent work must be recognised so as to encourage the young generation so that at the end we are able to make our health delivery system excellent,” he said.
The operation of the Siamese twins’ born four months ago in Banket involved dividing the liver and some intestines the twin girls were sharing.
The majority of the paediatricians, anaesthetists, neonatologists and nurses led by celebrated paediatrician, Dr Bothwell Mbuwayesango were involved in a similar operation in 2014.