Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates has offered to perform surgery to separate conjoined twins Hassana and Hussaina who were born in Zaria, Kaduna State without charging a dime.
This was announced through a statement by the National Coordinator of the Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC), Mr. Nuhu Fulani Kwajafa on Saturday.
He said the babies born at the Ahmadu Bello University Hospital in Zaria a few months ago were triplets, saying that although one of the triplets was fine, the other two were conjoined and shared the same stomach and the same babies. vital organs.
The statement said Dubai Hospital had previously set the bill for the surgery to separate the girls at over $300,000, but after assessing the case offered to do the surgery for free.
Another London hospital sent GIPLC a bill for £896,000 (eight hundred and ninety-six thousand pounds) for the operation.
Mr Kwajafa had previously posted on social media: “Following consultations with various doctors in the UK and Dubai (UAE), we are made to understand that the case of Hassana and Hussaina is the first of its kind, and that surgery to separate them would cost over $300,000.
“After weeks of discussions with Dubai Hospital, Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, they offered to do the operation for free on humanitarian grounds.
“In fact, the President of the Medical City is very interested in the matter and has also offered to send a team of doctors to Nigeria to accompany the family to the United Arab Emirates, for an expected post-operative stay of 9 months. for close observations to complete the recovery.The operation will be carried out by doctors from Italy, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
He said during one of the GIPLC fundraisers for family upkeep at Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital where they had been for three months, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner for Security Interior and Home Affairs, sent 600,000 naira (six hundred thousand naira) for their care and promised to help with their surgery.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai has also promised to do something when the bills for the operation are paid.
Mr Nuhu Kwajafa, however, said he was still seeking funds to transport the conjoined sisters and their families to Dubai and for their food and accommodation in Dubai.
He called on all Nigerians to support babies.