A delicate operation that separated two Siamese Cameroonian sisters aged one year and connected by the abdomen took place Wednesday « successfully » in France, announced the hospital center Les Hospices Civils Lyon: Bissie and Eyenga Merveille are now twins.
Born November 6, 2018 in Cameroon, the girls were separated by the experts of the pediatric surgery department of the Hospital Mother-Child-Civil Hospices of Lyon, in the center-east of France.
They were connected by the abdomen with a part of the liver in common, says the hospital in a statement.
They are currently in intensive care in a stable state.
The operation lasted five hours and mobilized two teams to care for each baby, about twenty people.
This is a first for one of the largest pediatric hospitals in France.
« We have established a pool of anesthesiologists, surgeons and resuscitators and each specialty has evaluated and evaluated the very specific care of girls, » says Professor Pierre-Yves Mure, deputy head of pediatric surgery at the mother-child woman hospital, quoted in the statement.
« Each member of the team has adapted his practice to the atypical morphology of the two small, » he says.
« As a specialist in liver transplantation, I intervened on this organ and I did not have any complications, » says Dr. Rémi Dubois, a practitioner of the institution.
Rejected by father
On leaving the resuscitation, the children will be transferred to the pediatric surgery department for follow-up care and rehabilitation. The girls were seen, along with their mother, by a psychologist and their psychological and psychomotor fate will be monitored.
A press conference will be organized, depending on the state of health of Bissie and Eyenga, within ten days in the presence of the girls, their mother, the medical team and the association La Chaîne de l Hope, who organized their arrival in France in early November.
Rejected by the father of the Siamese sisters and a part of her family, their mother had taken refuge at the pediatric gyneco-obstetrical hospital of Yaoundé where the babies had grown up waiting for the operation.
In 2015, the Chaîne de l’Espoir had already repatriated two Siamese babies from Guinea Conakry, operated successfully at the Necker Enfants Malades hospital in Paris.