Mulago Women and Neonatal hospital has refuted claims that doctors at the hospital sent away a pair of conjoined twins from Arua due to failure by the parents to pay money for surgery.
According to a letter from Dr Evelyn Nabunya, the executive director of the Mulago Women and Neonatal hospital, the reports circulating on social media that the twins were sent away from Mulago hospital because the parents could not afford to pay 5 million shillings to seperate are false.
Dr. Nabunya says that the twins cannot be separated.
“The twins came to the unit. They have gone through a lot of assessment at no cost but unfortunately, they are not separable. At the moment they cannot be separated because of the way that they are joined. All the claims that the parents were asked to pay money are false. Some people obviously enjoy taking advantage of situations,” Dr Nabunya’s letter says.
The twins were born on September 20, 2019, by a C-section at Arua Regional Referral Hospital. Four days later, they were referred to Mulago National Hospital.
Dr Nabunya explains that the children could not be separated because their internal organs were not clearly defined.
“The twins were assessed by Neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and even underwent some radiological examinations to see what is happening. We discovered that nothing can be done for them because some of their internal body organs are not clearly defined. For instance, one of them has a stomach that ends blindly,” Dr Nabunya explained.
The parents were informed about the situation of the children and they decided they wanted to go back to Arua.
“We are about to discharge the twins and their family members on request of the parents who want to go back home and manage the situation from familiar environment,” Dr Nabunya adds.