Not in Madagascar, where Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo as of late grabbed a surgical blade and performed the surgery of a conjoined Siamese twins, which is the first for the Indian Ocean island country.
“Surgery was performed at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona healing facility on September 13 to isolate Siamese twins joined at the stomach area and lower thorax.
“The separation of the five-month-old twins, Mitia and Fitia, who weighed 13 kilograms (29 pounds) and were delivered by caesarian section, involved the separation of their liver, ribs and diaphragm,” he said, adding that the pair were doing well following their operation.
The surgery was a medical first for Madagascar. A medical team from the country successfully separated Siamese twins in 2009, but because of a lack of equipment in the island’s hospitals, the surgery was performed in Paris.
Andriamanarivo, the minister and paediatric surgeon, reportedly praised the breakthrough and said it would save the island’s medical system a small fortune as a comparable surgery would have cost 100,000 euros ($120,000) if performed overseas.
Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest nations and more than 90 percent of its 25 million people live on less than $2 per day. Almost half of under fives suffer development issues.