- Tanzania has been thrown into mourning following the death of a set of conjoined twins
- Maria and Consolata who died from respiratory complications at age 21
- The sisters who had warmed their way into the hearts of many Tanzanians, had hoped to become teachers some day
It is a sad day for the family and friends of Tanzania's famous conjoined twins, Maria and Consolata Mwakikuti after they recently passed away due to respiratory complications.
The twins who were joined at the navel below, were admitted to hospital in December due to issues relating to heart disease but died on Saturday, June 2. They reportedly shared organs like the liver and lungs, had two hearts and separate heads and arms.
Their mother reportedly died after the birth of the girls and their father soon followed thus making them orphans. They were adopted by the Catholic church charity, Maria Consolata, which gave them their names.
In an interview with the BBC last year, the twins said that after they had completed their university education, they wanted to become teachers."We will teach using a projector and computers," they said.
Tanzania's president, John Magufuli reacted to the news of their passing away. He took to Twitter to express his sadness over their death. He wrote in Swahili which translates to, "I am saddened by the death of twins,Maria and consolata..When i lastly visited them at hospital they prayed for the nation.they had dreams to work for it. my condolences to their family,sisters of MariaConsolata and all concerned..Rest in peace my children."
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Paying tribute to the twins online, dozens branded the women - who never wanted to be separated - ‘determined and motivated’.
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