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Kadaga said they will next week commend Soroti Hospital doctors who last week separated conjoined twins. FILE PHOTO

Speaker Kadaga said next week the Parliament of Uganda will commend the Soroti Hospital doctors who last week separated conjoined twins.

In a letter dated April 1, 2021, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga indicated that the surgeons behind the separated conjoined twins will physically appear in Parliament on Wednesday for a round of applause. 

“The Parliament of Uganda will be considering the above motion (Motion for a resolution of parliament to applaud Dr. Joseph Epodoi and the team of doctors at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital for successfully separated conjoined twins) on Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 2:00pm,” Kadaga indicated.

Last week, the news made rounds on various media platforms of how a team of doctors in Soroti led by Dr Joseph Epodoi, a consultant surgeon at Soroti Hospital had spearheaded the separation of a dead conjoined twin from his living sibling.

The babies who were attached at the stomach were born by Loyce Alinga, a resident of Obalanga Sub-county in Kapelebyong District.

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Alinga the mother of the twins gave birth to the babies at Amuria Health Centre IV but upon noticing that one of them was dead, doctors at the Health Centre referred her to Soroti Hospital which also sent her to Mulago National Referral Hospital.

According to the grandfather of the babies Paulo Oluo, specialists at Mulago did not offer them any help and discharged them with fears that any operation made would result in the death of the second baby.

“They thought both would die instantly but they were surprised when one remained alive for six days. They discharged us for the other baby to also die at home, I had lost hope,” Oluo told journalists.

Oluo adds that they were on their way home when they decided to seek help from Soroti Hospital and consented to be responsible for any outcome from the operation.

According to Dr Epodoi, they first established that some living cells were separating the babies and both babies had different body organs which meant that the operation was possible.

kadaga epodoi separating conjoined twins
Kadaga said they will next week commend Soroti Hospital doctors who last week separated conjoined twins. FILE PHOTO

Epodoi however, reminded that Soroti has been at the helm of major operations in the country. He cited a similar scenario in 2010 when the same hospital conducted a successful operation that delivered a live baby girl who was implanted on the liver of its mother.

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The mother of the baby who was identified as Florence Anabo, a 23-year-old had developed what the doctors have termed as ‘an ectopic pregnancy which is a rare condition where the embryo implants itself on the liver.