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IN PHOTOS: The historic separation of the Kenyan conjoined twins

On November 1, 2016, the country’s national referral hospital undertook a significant and delicate procedure to separate conjoined twins Blessing and Favour Mukiri.

At the end of a 23-hour operation, the twins started a new life separately, a break from the two years they had been conjoined at the lower back and walked side by side sharing a diaper and inner wear.

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The 50 specialists among them anesthetists, nine pediatric surgeons, neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons started the operation with a word of prayer.

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They went on to revisit the x-ray images of the twins as well as a 3D image generated before the surgery.

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They then proceeded to operate on the twins after anesthetists signaled that the girls were sound asleep and their vital signs were stable.

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The specialists started the three-phased delicate surgery.

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At 6am Blessing and Favour were wheeled out of the theatre into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to recuperate.

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Having completed the first pygopagus surgery in Africa and separated twins joined at the lower sacrum, the team took a group photo.

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