Conjoined twins from Uganda separated in Ohio surgery

Photo courtesy Nationwide Children's Hospital

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Doctors at a central Ohio hospital have separated conjoined twin girls in a 16-hour operation.

A statement released Tuesday by a public relations firm said the 11-month-old girls had been joined at the pelvic and hip area and were recovering after the complex separation procedure last Thursday at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The surgical team included more than 30 specialists and was led by Dr. Gail Besner, the Columbus hospital’s chief of pediatric surgery.

The statement said the girls’ family is from Uganda and had traveled to the hospital in December.

Experts say conjoined twins occur once in about every 200,000 pregnancies.

Acen (left) and Apio (right) Akello arrived at Nationwide Children`s Hospital conjoined as one and were separated during a 16-hour surgery on Sept. 3, 2015. The tissue expanders were placed in between them underneath their skin to prepare for separation. The girls are pictured here in their hospital room with their mother, Ester Akello. (Photo courtesy Nationwide Children's Hospital)
Acen (left) and Apio (right) Akello arrived at Nationwide Children`s Hospital conjoined as one and were separated during a 16-hour surgery on Sept. 3, 2015. The tissue expanders were placed in between them underneath their skin to prepare for separation. The girls are pictured here in their hospital room with their mother, Ester Akello. (Photo courtesy Nationwide Children’s Hospital)

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