The minister of health in Madagascar, Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo, has separated conjoined Siamese twins in a successful medical operation.
It is understood that Andriamanarivo recently picked up a scalpel and separated conjoined siamese twins in what is said to be the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean island nation.
Jean Marie Rasamimanana, the deputy technical director at the hospital in Antananarivo told AFP on Tuesday that “Surgery was performed at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona hospital on September 13 to separate Siamese twins joined at the abdomen and lower thorax.
“The separation of the five-month-old twins, Mitia and Fitia, who weighed 13 kilograms (29 pounds) and were delivered by caesarian section, involved the separation of their liver, ribs and diaphragm.”
He added that the twins were in good condition following the surgery.
A medical team from the country successfully separated Siamese twins in 2009, but because of a lack of equipment in the island’s hospitals, the surgery was performed in Paris.
Andriamanarivo, the minister and paediatric surgeon, reportedly praised the breakthrough and said it would save the island’s medical system a small fortune as a comparable surgery would have cost 100,000 euros ($120,000) if performed overseas.
Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest nations and more than 90 percent of its 25 million people live on less than $2 per day. Almost half of under fives suffer development issues.