- A beautiful set of twins have been separated in a groundbreaking surgery after being born conjoined
- Unlike most twins, Ervina and Prefina were fused back-to-back which made it exceedingly tough as they shared extremely delicate blood vessels
- Their mother, Ermine Nzotto, could not hide her excitement after the surgery
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Ervina and Prefina Bangalo, two beautiful baby girls who were born with their heads conjoined back-to-back, have been successfully separated after a tough surgery.
A report by Medicalxpress.com seen by Briefly.co.za indicates that separating twins who are fused back-to-back requires an exceedingly rare surgery for an equally rare congenital defect.
This made the surgery particularly challenging since the back of the head is a far more critical place for blood supply to the brain and drainage of blood away from it.
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Despite all the challenges the surgical procedure confronted them with, a team of 30 doctors and nurses at the Vatican's paediatric hospital in Italy went through an 18-hour surgery and successfully separated the girls.
The twins were born on 29 June, 2018 in Mbaiki, Central African Republic, with their rare disorder that reportedly occurs once in every two million births.
It is indicated that the toddlers are recovering well a month after their third and definitive separation surgery on 5 June.
Their mother, Ermine Nzotto, could not hide her excitement when she was spoken to. She said,
"It's a joy, that I can see my girls run and play like other children. May they tomorrow study and learn to become doctors to save the other children of this world."
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