A Hospital in Dubai, Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate,UAE, has offered to conduct surgery on Nigerian conjoined twins free of charge.
The twins, Hassana and Hussaina, were born in Zaria, Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.
National Coordinator, Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC), Nuhu Fulani Kwajafa, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
He said the babies, who were born at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, some months ago, were triplets.
Kwajafa explained that, while one of the triplets is fine, the other two are conjoined sharing the same stomach and vital organs.
The statement said that the Dubai hospital had earlier put 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 hospital in London sent GIPLC a bill of £896,000 (Eight hundred and ninety-six thousand pounds) for the operation.
Kwajafa had earlier posted on social media: “Following consultations with various doctors in the UK and Dubai (UAE), we are made to understand that Hassana and Hussaina’s case is the first of its kind, and a surgical procedure to separate them would cost over $300,000.”
“After weeks of discussions with Dubai Hospital, Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE, they have offered to do the surgery for free on humanitarian grounds.
“In fact, the Chairman of the Medical City has a keen interest in the case and has also offered to send a team of doctors to Nigeria to accompany the family back to UAE, for a projected 9-month post-surgery stay for close observations to complete recovery.
“The surgery will be conducted by Doctors from Italy, USA and the UAE.”
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has promised to do something when the bills for the surgery are out.
Kwajafa appealed to all Nigerians to support the babies.
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