The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola, Adamawa State capital, has set a new record with yet another breakthrough as a team of surgeons led by the Chief Medical Director of the centre, Auwal Abubakar, successfully separated four-month-old conjoined female twins.
Mr Auwal, a Professor of Paediatric Surgery, said that the team of professionals that were deployed for the surgery included surgeons, anaesthetics, radiologists, laboratory scientists, preoperative nurses, and cleaners.
“We have a successful separation of conjoined female twins (Omphilopagus). This development was recorded following a team work by different medical units.
‘’The surgery was conducted on May 14, and the chances of survival of the twins are excellent,’’ he said.
The director said it took his team four hours to perform the operation which was the second of its kind in the hospital.
To this end, Mr Auwal said Nigeria had medical personnel that could compete with their counterparts in developed countries.
While fielding questions from reporters, the father of the twins, Muhammad Ramat from Kasuwan Shanu in Maiduguri, Borno State, thanked the management of the hospital for also writing off the bill for the surgery.