Madagascar’s Health Minister Separates Conjoined Twins

Madagascar’s Health Minister Separates Conjoined Twins

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In most countries, health ministers are seen as bureaucrats more interested in paperwork than medical miracles. But in Madagascar, Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo recently picked up a scalpel and separated conjoined twins in a medical first for the island nation.

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The surgery was performed at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona hospital on September 13, 2017, to separate twins joined at the abdomen and lower thorax, said Jean Marie Rasamimanana, deputy technical director at the hospital in the capital Antananarivo.

“The separation of the 5-month-old twins, Mitia and Fitia, who weighed 13 kilograms and were delivered by caesarian section, involved the separation of their liver, ribs and diaphragm,” he said, adding that the pair did well after the operation.

The surgery was a medical first for Madagascar. A team from the country successfully separated conjoined 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 a pediatric surgeon, praised the breakthrough and said it would save the island’s medical system a small fortune because a comparable surgery would have cost $120,000 if performed overseas according to Dr. LaRocca. On other health related articles, read about the non 12 step rehab california

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