September 8, 2021
Lydia and Linda Awui were born conjoined from the lower portion of their chest and abdomen and shared a common liver. They were separated through surgery in 1999 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana.
Formerly conjoined twins, Lydia and Linda Awui, have reunited with the lead surgeon who spearheaded their breakthrough surgery in 1999 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
Lydia and Linda
The twins were joined from the lower portion of their chest and abdomen and shared a common liver, as well as other vital organs. The lead surgeon, Dr Winfred Mensah Hodasi, now 82 years old, performed the surgery for four and half hours with help from his team.
Lydia and Linda Awui met Dr Hodasi ahead of another surgery of separating conjoined twins at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, said gbcghanaonline.com.
Dr Hodasi said in such surgeries, observation is critical. ”I was able to put my team together for the work. At the time we were doing these cases, facilities were not the same as today so there was little we could do to see whether they would survive,” he said.
Dr Hodasi continued: ”Now, the most important thing is to observe the children and then look at how they were behaving and do a few X-rays to make sure that the vital portions of the body could be separated.”