Tsolo family prepares for twins' funeral

The bodies of Eastern Cape conjoined twins who died at Red Cross Children's Hospital have been sent back home.

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CAPE TOWN - The bodies of conjoined twins who died at the Red Cross Children's Hospital have been sent back to their family in the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape Health Department said on Wednesday.

The Tsolo twin girls arrived in Cape Town on Thursday last week, just a day after they were born sharing an umbilical cord, upper abdomen and chest.

The girls died on Sunday night. They had a combined weight of four kilograms.

The Department's Mark van Heever said Eastern Cape health officials co-ordinated the repatriation of the girls' bodies.

"Bodies of the conjoined twins have been removed from the hospital by the undertaker, who was appointed by the Eastern Cape Department of Health and are on their way back to the Eastern Cape to be handed over to the family."