City’s conjoined twins die

2009-06-08 00:00

HOLY and Amazing, the conjoined twins who captured the hearts of Pietermaritzburg people, have died.

The twins died at Edendale Hospital on Saturday after becoming ill with diarrhoea and vomiting, their heartbroken mother, Busi Ngubane, told the Witness yesterday.

Speaking from her home at KwaMpumuza, near Sweetwaters, Ngubane said she first noticed that the girls, aged almost seven-months-old, were sick on Tuesday.

“They just got weaker and weaker.” She said she took the babies to the clinic, and that they were then admitted to Edendale Hospital on Friday.

“It was their time. There is nothing we can do,” said a brave Ngubane.

She said she stayed with her baby girls to the end.

“Of course I was there with them when they died. But I’m okay, because they were free from pain when they died.”

Ngubane said the girls changed her life. “I know I was a good mother to them.”

She said her family are rallying around her. A date for the twins’ funeral has not yet been set.

The twins’ paternal grandfather, Sam Mncwabe, said the girls’ deaths had come as a huge shock.

“We didn’t expect it at all. It was so quick. They were admitted to hospital and became critically ill, and then just passed away. It’s unbelievable.”

Mncwabe said on Friday one of the girls was doing alright, but the other just slept. “They were on a drip and one had her eyes open, but the other was looking drained and very tired. We thought they would recover, but they died at 12 pm on Saturday.”

He paid tribute to the way their young mother has handled the girls’ death. “Busi has been a pillar of strength. We are weak, but she’s supporting us.”

He said the twins were a gift, which has now been taken away. “They loved their mom. If they were taken away from her they cried.”

Mncwabe said the death of the little girls had come as a great surprise as they had recently undergone an examination at the Albert Luthuli Hospital, and doctors there had been pleased with their progress.

“They were my inspiration. I am heartbroken.”

Mncwabe thanked everyone who had helped the twins during their short life.

 

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