Cameroon’s Siamese twins, Bissie and Eyenga have safely returned home after undergoing a delicate separation surgery in France.
They arrived the Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport in the night of Tuesday January 21, 2019.
The now independent twins were welcomed by family and friends and a team of medical experts from the Yaoundé Gynaco Obstetric hospital.
The now separated babies and their mother Ngali Laurelle returned from the successful operation in Lyon France accompanied by their host family, the Martinez.
Laurelle was all emotional as she thanked her benefactors for the support since she put to birth the siamese twins.
She said she had lost hope in the early stage until government, the non governmental organisation Chaine de L’Espoir and other persons of good will stepped in with help.
Separating Bissie and Eyenga
The conjoined twins were linked to the liver and the base of the thorax.
This operation was a first at the Femme Mère Enfant hospital in Bron.
Bissie and Eyenga flew to Lyon hoping to be operated on November 7, 2019.
Due to some new discoveries and medical setbacks the surgery was postponed and carried out on November 13, 2019.
It took the team of over twenty medical experts seven hours to complete the separation surgery on the twins.
Gina Martinez, coordinator of Chaine de L’Espoir in Lyon said it was a very complicated and delicate procedure but it went on well and the children recovered beautifully.
Les deux petites siamoises camerounaises sont maintenant des jumelles ! L’intervention, réalisée à l’#HFME des #HCL, pour les séparer est un succès 💝 https://t.co/dCAdzNF8HR pic.twitter.com/jNKW3j7dXH
— HCL – Hospices Civils de Lyon (@CHUdeLyon) November 13, 2019
Bissie and Eyenga separated, what next!
The now independent twins are back in Cameroon and they have been welcomed by family, friends and medical experts who have been following up their situation since birth.
The Director General of the Yaoundé Gynaco Obstetric Hospital, Professor Fru Angwafor III said the twins will continue to benefit from physical and psychological follow up as they grow up.
Doctor Yonta Gueza, coordinator of the NGO Chaine de L’Espoir said the mother of the babies Ngali Laurelle needs to be empowered to start-up a business in order to support herself and the children.
Chaine de L’Espoir has provided the family with some basic needs to sustain them as they return home.
Bissie and Eyenga are presently lodged at the Yaoundé Gynaco Obstetric hospital under observation until the medical team deems it fit for the girls to return home to their family.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie