Ghana: Parents of Siamese Twins Appeal For Financial Support For Surgery

Siamese twins being held by their mum

Parents of two month old male Siamese twins conjoined at the head needs GH¢ 3,000,000.00 for medical surgery to enable the twins undergo a separation at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge).

It is for this reason that management at the hospital has engaged a cross section of the media to inform and update the public about the conditions of the twins and the request of financial support from corporate bodies, philanthropists, benevolent societies and the public at large.

 At a news conference at the hospital, Dr Samuel Kaba Akoriyea, renowned Neurosurgeon said the surgery requires cutting edge equipment, disposable materials which comes at a very high cost hence the hospital authorities are appealing for financial support for the surgery.

He explained that the parents of the Siamese twins are not financial equipped and therefore called on Ghanaians to come to the aid of the twins through cash and in kind.

According to him, the twins will undergo four to five stages of surgery therefore other specialized doctors in areas such as bone, skin, hair among others will be part of the hours long operation.

The Medical Director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Dr Emmanuel Sofrenyo said the surgery would be the first of his kind in the history of the hospital and prayed for a successful operation.

Siamese twins normally joined as the head goes through different stages of operation as a result of the complex nature of the human brain, he explained.

“The parents need resources and financial support from the public to enable the twins undergo surgery”, he said adding that the move would enable them live their independent lives.

He said, 60% of twins conjoined at the head do not survive but die in the womb due to the complexity of their position prior to birth delivery.

Dr Sofrenyo used the occasion to clear the minds of the public of certain traditional beliefs system in relations to Siamese twins saying it is a medical condition and called on the public to financially support the parent to enable their twins undergo the needed surgery.

Ben Laryea reporting from Accra, Ghana