Eastern Cape conjoined twins die

2012-06-12 08:21

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."

  • lwazisimphiwe.msomizikode - 2012-06-12 08:34

    Sad news ohhh god y sumthng lyk dis hv 2 happen?

      berni.venter - 2012-06-12 08:42

      @lwazisimphiwe I read a poem by Helen Steiner Rice many years ago and the gist of it was that their little spirits were so perfect they only needed to experience a physical body for a short while. Having never lost a child I cannot even start to comprehend how the poor parents must be heart broken. They are in our thoughts xxx

  • Angela - 2012-06-12 08:35

    R.I.P Little ones. You join the Angels.

  • sngcobo2 - 2012-06-12 08:35

    may they rest in peace nd condolences to d family.

  • Bernice - 2012-06-12 09:06

    Very heartbreaking and so sad. I cannot imagine what these parents are going through. Berni Venter is right, the poem by Helen Steiner rice explains it perfectly. Rest in peace little Angels, no more suffering for you.

  • gemmy.reese - 2012-06-12 09:09

    They came into this world together, they left this world together. May God grant their parents peace

  • sandy.m.roman2 - 2012-06-12 09:13

    These poor little mites never stood a chance from the beginning. My heart goes out to their family at this sad time.

  • Adinga The-Ding Malata - 2012-06-12 09:20

    My condolences to the family of the twins..May God wipe their tears nd give them strength to overcum this.

  • Marion - 2012-06-12 09:43

    This is such sad news. May they RIP and sincere condolences to the family. Possibly if ultrasound scans were essential at a certain stage of the pregnancy the births of co-joined twins who would not be able to be separated after birth could be identified. Then the parents could make a choice about having an abortion or continuing with the risk. Not being a doctor I don't know how early such a defect could be detected, if at all.

  • amelia.alexander.54 - 2012-06-12 09:44

    Shame , read about these 2 angels yesterday and hoped that they would make it. R.I.P little ones and your fam r in my prayers.

  • Rob - 2012-06-12 09:46

    First is definitely condolences to the family. BUT now how about taking the EC Health Department to task for allowing such pregnancies to go to term. Sure, ity is a really big problem to take reasonable healthcare to rural areas but isn't that exactly what the anc is committed to?

      zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-06-12 09:56

      Howzit Rob? Not to be rude, but do you know that amongst black people, there are people who still do not go to hospitals for check ups when they are pregnant? Some even go to the extent of giving birth at home because they think everything with their pregnancy is fine. We simply can not put every available blame to the government. Please do not think that I'm supporting the government with my response.

      Rob - 2012-06-12 10:29

      zama: yes I do know, and that is quite possible what happened in this case. I also know that the most developed health services in the world struggle with compliance. The point is that no matter how much of a challenge it is it does no good at all to ignore the deficiencies in SA. I am not saying that the government is directly to blame, in fact I strongly believe that people must take res[ponsiblity for their own actions (or lack of)...but the government is directly responsible for ensuring that facilities and services exist AND that people are educated so that they can make intelligent choices about attending health clinics.

      Rob - 2012-06-12 12:32

      And Zama: Whatever the current reality in SA, surely you cannot be condoning that childbirth should be little more than a lottery when it is possible to provide guidance and intervention to avoid tragedies such as this one? Not only would that be a hideous form of discrimination, it is a virtual expectation that people over-breed in order to balance the risks. Surely it is time for ALL of SA to move into the 21st century?

      Rob - 2012-06-12 13:45

      Amazing: thumbs down here, and one or two below. Amazing because I am struggling to identify which of my critical comments is causing problems. So, whoever you are..... 1. Are you absolving the health authority of all accountability, therefore supporting the idea that services, facilities and education of people is unwarranted? 2. Are you advocating a bush mentality that allows pregnancy to progress without medical support and appropriate intervention. 3. Or what? If the idea of analysis and criticism so close to the event is a problem for you, and offends, then I apologise for the offence....but not the criticism. This could have been avoided, all it needed was a scan at an early stage, followed by an intervention.

  • Andiswa - 2012-06-12 10:15

    ohw shame,rest in peace perfect little angels.we love you

  • Vic - 2012-06-12 10:49

    This is very sad. I really feel the pain. May their souls rest in peace. To the parents - put your trust in Almight Creator and be strong.

  • glenyso2 - 2012-06-12 12:08

    So sad to hear the news- RIP little ones, and heartfelt sympathy to Mom, Dad and the family.

  • nuraan.delcarme - 2012-06-12 12:16

    God Be with their Family in her time of sorrow.. i pray you keep those little angels and every little angel that leaves us, in your hands...

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-12 17:43

    Ow bawo uzube nabo

  • gcogcolucious.mbobo - 2012-06-13 10:50

    My plea in this is at least clinics can have scan for those who cannot afford to go private doctor for scan then i again in clinics nurses ask to u\is a child kick or not if u say no they just may be she/he s still asleep\so sumtimes you just dont see there reason of going there couse u knw da answer of their Q?.

  • gcogcolucious.mbobo - 2012-06-13 10:51

    My plea in this is at least clinics can have scan for those who cannot afford to go private doctor for scan then i again in clinics nurses ask to u\is a child kick or not if u say no they just may be she/he s still asleep\so sumtimes you just dont see there reason of going there couse u knw da answer of their Q?.

  • gcogcolucious.mbobo - 2012-06-13 10:57

    I was so sad when i heard about those twins my prayer was at lst one of them be alive may their little so rest in peace aunt Nosihle Mandla,mother,father nd family of twins tutwini akulahlwa mbeleko ngakufelwa ze nihlale nimethemba uThixo ungasoli nto uthule uti tu okwanzi olwandle yena akathati nto angashiyinto.

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