Story BY: Anfred And Gloria
A Neurosurgeon at the Ridge Hospital who doubles as the Director of Institutional Care Division at Ghana Health Service, Dr Samuel Kaba Akoriyea has indicated that, about 4 to 5 stages of surgery will be performed on the conjoined twins who surfaced recently on new and old media channels in order to successfully separate them.
According to him, this is the first time the doctors in the hospital will conduct such a specialized operation and the first time in the history of Ghana recording a conjoined surgery of the head.
He noted that, “there is a bone defect because the brains are attached and you need to work on that. If we are able to separate them successfully, which we hope to, and then we should have enough skin to cover up.”
Speaking in camera, Dr Vowado, Surgeon at the Ridge Hospital say the two set of brains work separately, but joined by a common blood vessel of which will be worked on. He added that the first 3 stages will be performed halfway and the twins will only be separated on the final day. “The initial stage alone can take about 3 months to cover since it is going to be performed day by day” he said.
Dr Vowado added that, Surgeons in the country are generally few out of which only two work at ridge hospital; thus, they are going to implement a team of 17 surgeons across the country and many other specialized areas teaming up to 160 team members including cleaners. Initially, it is noted, that a whooping sum of GH¢3million will be needed from the family to procure consumables, medication, and tests during the 12-18-month procedure to separate the conjoined twins.
A situation the parents find challenging .
“I was thinking. Did I do something wrong or did I commit any crime or something like that, but the doctors told me that it does happen so it’s not like our old mothers or something” the mother narrated.
Gracefully, the presidency has taken up the full cost of surgery to be performed on the conjoined twins. The Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare, made the disclosure upon her visit to Ridge Hospital.
“It is my pleasure to announce that the President has said that all related costs, all the cost of this exercise, the state is willing to take over and is ready to take over the cost,” she said.
The presidency is allocating GH¢15million to pay for the entire procedure. Out of the amount, GH¢12million will be spent on a specialised equipment needed for the surgery. This equipment will become an asset of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) after the surgery he said. The amount of GH¢3million will be used to procure consumables, medication, and tests that the family would have had to pay for, during the 12-18-month procedure to separate the Siamese twins.
Embracing the initiative of Government, some individual patriotic citizens, Mr Freedom Bediako Cheddar, Nana Ama Mcbrown today lead by Nana Aba paid a courtesy call and made some donations to the parent and the Hospital. , Dr Samuel Kaba Akoriyea expressed appreciation for the gesture.
“This shows the great interest in the welfare of the twins, that, in a time of a national call, Ghanaians have responded,” Dr Samuel Kaba Akoriyea said.
Dr Vowado also added that, the support from Ghanaians will not only help separate the twins but change the lives of the parents.
“there is a bone defect because the brains are attached and you need to work on that. If we are able to separate them successfully, which we hope to, then we should have enough skin to cover up.”