By Geoffrey Mutegeki Araali
Hardly four months after a set of conjoined twins were delivered in Kabarole district another mother has given birth to twins at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital last Thursday (25 October).
Ms Oliver Kamini went through a caesarean section operation, which was carried out by Dr Hassan Kabito, to deliver the twins. Soon after the doctors confirmed the mother and the twins had survived.
“The state is ok, but the only difficulty is feeding because there’s no way they can breastfeed. They are breathing well and have energy,” said Hellen Biira, a midwife.
Ms Kamini says she’s feeling better but added: “Am worried of my babies. I don’t know if they are cut [will they] survive? For me am feeling well. It is shock to me but only God knows what to do.
“I have spent two months in the hospital and I’ve been feeling normal. The stomach was too big but I never expected this. They even scanned me but never told me that I have the two babies.”
The babies, both boys weighing five kilograms each, share the umbilical cord at the abdomen. The twins have been referred to Mulago national referral hospital for management.
Father Robert Kyaligonza appealed for help and urged people to pray for his babies to survive.
“I work in a tea plantation in Kijura, I was not expecting even twins, but this is what God has given me. I appeal to anyone who can help me to do so and to pray for my twins to survive,” Kyaligonza said.
The twins are the seventh birth for Kamini who hails from Kabende trading center, Hakibale Sub County in Kabarole district.
This is the second conjoined twins born in Kabarole after a 34-year-old woman delivered conjoined twins at Kabarole Hospital in June. The twins were referred to Mulago Hospital but died there after surgery.
The overall survival rate for conjoined twins is approximately 25%. Among those who have survived are a pair from Kabale district who were operated on in Cairo, Egypt.
The condition is more frequently found among females.