Conjoined twins operation ‘successful’

Gauteng Health department says the Pretoria operation to separate conjoined twins was a success.

Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo has hailed the operation to separate conjoined twins at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, as a success.

PRETORIA - The Gauteng Health department has hailed the successful separation of conjoined twins at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, as a benchmark of medical excellence in the country.

The 11-month-old boys, who were joined at the abdomen, were separated in a 6 hour long operation on Thursday.

Gauteng provincial Health MEC Hope Papo said, "I've always said that Gauteng has got some of the best brains in medical practice."

Papo also said the specialists, medical officers and heads of hospitals were working with the team to give them the necessary support.

The professor of paediatrics at the hospital, Robin Green said the operation went well.

"These twins were luckily joined only at the lower abdomen.

"They had independent legs and were fairly easy to separate."

Green also said the babies' reproductive systems had to be operated on, as the had had a conjoined bladder.