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Harare Hospital Discharges Surgically Separated Conjoined Twins

  • Blessing  Zulu
  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

Agnes Mongoro-Chitiyo - mother of conjoined twins Kupakashe and Tapiwanashe

Agnes Mongoro-Chitiyo - mother of conjoined twins Kupakashe and Tapiwanashe

The Chitiyo twins, Kupakashe and Tapiwanashe, were born April 22 to Agnes and Moses Chitiyo, in Murehwa, Mashonaland East province.

Harare Central Hospital has discharged the conjoined twin babies surgically separated in June in an eight-hour operation that caught the attention of the world.

But the medical team will continue to monitor the twins for a few weeks. The Chitiyo twins, Kupakashe and Tapiwanashe, were born April 22 to Agnes and Moses Chitiyo, in Murehwa, Mashonaland East province.

The then two-month-old twins were joined from the chest to the upper abdomen and shared a liver. A 50-member team of medical personnel performed the surgery and President Robert Mugabe visited the twins and also invited the surgical team to the State House to congratulate them.

The head of the surgical team Dr. Bothwell Mbuvayesango confirmed that the twins were discharged.

Lieutenant Israel Colonel Dube, the surgeon who was part of the medical team that separated the Chitiyo twins says the same “winning team” is working on yet another set of conjoined twins, born in Mt. Darwin last month, with one male sex organ, two heads, four arms, and three legs.

Dube tells reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga his team has already carried out initial tests on the twins, which will determine whether they can be safely separated or not.

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