Conjoined twins successfully separated after a 13-hour surgery in Abuja (Photo)


Goodness and Mercy Martins, who were reported to be a pair of conjoined twins, have been successful separated after a team of Nigerian medical experts who's spent 13 hours performing a complex surgery on them in Abuja.

The two babies were delivered at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Keffi, on August 13, 2018, conjoined face-to-face at the chest and abdomen, from where they were referred to the National Hospital, Abuja the following day,
August 14, 2018.

They required about N20m for complex surgeries that would see them separated at the heart and the liver which were fused together from the womb.

But with the grace of God the management of the national hospital Abuja reportedly fund their care and the entire processes leading to the surgical procedure for their separation as its corporate social responsibility.

The Surgery was successfully done on November 12th, 2019, by a combined team of medical personnel led by Surgeon, Prof. Emmanuel Ameh.


A team of 78 indigenous medical professionals, comprising  surgeons, nurses, anaesthetists, paediatricians, radiologists, haematologists, chemical pathologists, and  pharmacists conducted the surgery.

Ameh said pre-surgery examination conducted revealed that the babies shared vital organs including, liver, chest wall, diaphragm and pericardium. Ameh said experts , however, successfully shared the liver for the two babies using modern medical equipment.

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