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Zambia Flying Doctor Service Successfully Evacuates Conjoined Twins

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In a remarkable and lifesaving operation, the Zambia Flying Doctor Service (ZFDS) has successfully evacuated omphalopagus conjoined twins from the Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital (ADCH) in Ndola to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka. The twins, born to a 22-year-old mother from Chipulukusu in Ndola, were conjoined at the level of the xyphoid process to the umbilicus and had a combined weight of 4.5 kg.

The delicate aeromedical evacuation mission became a reality following the approval from the Ministry of Health for ZFDS to undertake this critical journey to transport the conjoined twins from ADCH in Ndola to the specialized care facilities at UTH in Lusaka.

Upon arrival at the University Teaching Hospital, the infants underwent a thorough medical evaluation, including a full blood count test, Hepatitis Profile, RPR (Rapid Plasma Reagin), and Total Serum Bilirubin, along with detailed imaging to assess their health and readiness for further medical interventions.Zambia Flying Doctor Service Successfully Evacuates Conjoined Twins

According to Dr. Joseph Mulenga, a medical professional at the Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital, the University Teaching Hospital’s multidisciplinary team will now focus on stabilizing the infants and conducting a comprehensive investigation into their condition before exploring the potential for surgical separation. The medical community recognizes that such cases require thorough examination and careful planning to ensure the best possible outcome for the twins.

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The twins, born through a Caesarian section procedure, were safely handed over to the medical personnel at the University Teaching Hospital at 13:15 hours at ZAF City Airport in Lusaka. This remarkable effort underscores the dedication of medical professionals and organizations like the Zambia Flying Doctor Service to provide specialized care and support to those in need, making a significant difference in the lives of patients and their families.

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