Eastern Cape conjoined twins die

2012-06-12 08:21
Red Cross Children's Hospital (File)

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Cape Town - Conjoined twins born in the Eastern Cape last week have died, according to a report on Tuesday.

Western Cape health spokesperson Faiza Steyn said the twin girls died on Sunday night after being transported earlier in the week to the Red Cross Children's Hospital, the Cape Times reported.

The girls were born at the Dr Malizo Mpehle Memorial Hospital hospital in Tsolo on Wednesday, with a combined weight of four kilograms.

They were flown to the Western Cape on Thursday to be examined by doctors with better expertise.

Steyn said the girls had shared a heart and liver. She said the heart was very weak and this was made worse by a twin's breathing problems.

"Because they shared these essential organs the chance of them surviving was very minimal."

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