Adorable new pics! Newly separated twins Uwenzile and Uyihlelile are too cute for words as they prepare to leave hospital

By Khatija Nxedlana
07 February 2017

Bundled in fluffy pink and white blankets with tiny hearts, the twins were on their best behaviour for the cameras.

The parents of conjoined twins recently separated are preparing for the 400 km journey back to their home in Swaziland after the babies were discharged.

The twin girls – Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane – were separated in a six-hour-long procedure at Netcare Unitas Hospital in Centurion, almost three weeks after their birth.

They were born on January 2 at the Good Shepherd Hospital in Siteki, Swaziland to parents Bongekile Simelane (20) and Mbongeni Sihlongonyane (33) and transferred to Gauteng with the help of the Swaziland Government’s Phalala Fund.

The twins, who were born prematurely at 36 weeks, were joined at the lower abdomen but did not share any organs. It took a team of eight doctors and a theatre team of 11 nursing professionals to successfully complete the operation.

The doctors who performed the operation, Dr Mariza de Villiers and Dr Paul Stevens, say the only challenge was that the twins were facing each other, making the task of intubating the babies more complicated than usual.

Bongekile was able to hold the separated twins for the first time last week – which also happened to be her 20th birthday.

With mom and dad Bongekile Simelane and Mbongeni Sihlongonyane. PHOTO: Luba Lesolle With mom and dad Bongekile Simelane and Mbongeni Sihlongonyane. PHOTO: Luba Lesolle

With the twins having made significant progress, the staff at Netcare Unitas today said a fond farewell to the twins.

Bundled in fluffy pink and white blankets with tiny hearts, the twins were on their best behaviour for the media, sleeping their way throughout the briefing held at the hospital.

Their mother has expressed her gratitude to the hospital saying: “I was crying before the separation operation, but now I am fine. I am glad that my children are alive. Thank you for everything”.

While the twins were formally discharged today, the family will only leave the hospital on Thursday.

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