MEC hails surgeons for separating twins

2013-01-20 21:24

Johannesburg - The team of surgeons who last week successfully separated a pair of conjoined twins at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, were congratulated by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo on Sunday.

"This breakthrough again confirms that Gauteng is the centre of medical excellence," Papo said in a statement.

The male twins, Recall and Recant Sibuyi, were separated in a complex six-hour operation at the hospital on Thursday.

The team of surgeons who planned and performed the operation are paediatric surgeon Dr Ernst Muller, paediatric urologist Dr I van Heerden and plastic surgeon Prof P Coetzee.

Paediatric surgeon Dr Marisa de Villiers, orthopaedic surgeon Dr R Goller and anaesthesiologist Dr Sandra Speijkerman were also involved in the delicate operation.

The twins were joined by multiple organs in the abdomen and pelvis.

They were admitted to Steve Biko Academic Hospital in February last year, but doctors felt that they needed to grow stronger before the separation could be performed.

Additional operations would need to be performed to their lower colons and external genitalia, when the twins have recovered.

  • Twolips - 2013-01-20 21:35

    Well done to the team and may the boys grow up to be healthy. Their names are a bit strange, though.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-20 21:44

      And yours isn't? :P

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-20 22:08

      Sorry, Twolips, just having a bit of fun with you there. Sounds like at least one of the parents is a lawyer - or a politician :)

      Twolips - 2013-01-21 00:35

      You are forgiven, lacrimosewolf.

  • Swapie - 2013-01-20 21:58

    Afrikaners, by the surnames! Mooi so!

      mandy.moodley.39 - 2013-01-20 22:12

      You feel good that they are Afrikaans speaking. I'm proud as a South African. Great feeling all round.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-20 23:15

      Swapie get with it. A lot of people with Afrikaans surnames are not necessarily Afrikaans. And what has that to do with the operation ? It was successful and that is all that counts. Wonderful work doctors !!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-21 06:42

      This is why European citizens fly to SA for their delicate medical procedures. I only hope that our hospitals are on par though!

      bless.boswell - 2013-01-21 06:57

      I think the point Swapie is making is that the blacks don't want the whites here - nor their expertise. One wonders who might have performed the surgery then???

      mondli.botha - 2013-01-21 07:53

      Nothing wrong with her/ his statement she/he was brought up to be like this! She/ he's fully flashed trash!!

      niki.wessels - 2013-01-21 10:19

      Ja well, seen in the light that they usually get the world expert, Dr Ben Carson, in to do these ops. He is a black American...

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-21 10:30

      Why racism or nationalism always must be brought into a wonderful story to spoil all impressions?

  • fatimah.mavuso - 2013-01-20 22:44

    excellent,big ups to the team

  • dehlia.fredericks - 2013-01-21 06:08

    and in most cases u guys want 2 get rid of the brain in this so-called new south africa! so now they are south african!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-21 08:38

    Gauteng is the center of medical excellence, now let's hope the doctors don't move overseas soon.

  • hazel.a.hamman - 2013-01-21 09:24

    I would relook the names!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • hazel.a.hamman - 2013-01-21 09:25

    I would recall the names and make them more recent :)

  • nicolelovelock - 2013-01-21 10:15

    well done

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