Specialist doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Yola, Adamawa state have separated two children joined at the abdomen at birth, otherwise known as Siamese twins.
The Eight months old girls were born in the Nembe General Hospital in Bayelsa state on December 12 2019. They were referred to FMC Yola for further attention.
They were flown by the Nigerian Airforce to Yola in January but the surgery happened earlier this month because of the novel nature of the coronavirus.
Prof Auwal Abubakar, the Medical Director of FMC Yola told journalists in a send-off party for the parents and twins on Saturday said the surgery took place on August 10.
He revealed that it took a team of 48 specialists that included specialist surgeons, anesthetics consultants, nurses, technicians, among others, three hours to get it done.
“We were getting set to do the surgery when COVID-19 came. It was a new disease and we were learning to cope with it. Many services at the hospital were suspended and even to get certain consumables was difficult,” he said.
“The separation was done on the 10th of August and there was no problem at all. We discharged them from intensive care on the third day. They are fully okay.” he said.
The mother of the girls, named Grave and Mercy, Mrs Ralph Ebi expressed gratitude to the FMC for keeping and feeding them for eight months, free of charge.