Twins who had been connected at the hip have survived a 27-hour procedure to separate them.
Elizabeth and Mary, two gorgeous nine-month-old sisters, left Cameroon for Turkey connected at the hip, but have now been separated seven months later.
The mothers of the kids have lauded the “amazing” medical personnel in Istanbul, who meticulously prepared the procedure on 3D models before operating on the girls.
According to their parents, the girls who emerged from the womb connected were in discomfort, prompting them to seek medical attention.
Both girls have been released from the Istanbul hospital after seven months of planning and a last 27-hour procedure to separate the conjoined twins.
The twins’ father Richard Akwe said: “We were very saddened by the thought of our babies not being able to move around freely and that they were hurting.
“We were also saddened by the crying of our little girls when they were hungry while my wife tried to breastfeed them one by one, but they were a gift to us and we are dedicated to taking care of them in the best way possible.”
The girls’ mother Anne Caroline Akwe told a news conference: “I was very very happy, for seeing Elizabeth and Mary being separated and well without not any complications.
“Despite the many difficulties, I breastfed my babies for a year while they were conjoined.
“We never lost hope that they would be separated and live in good health. And that dream came true with the extraordinary effort and success of the Turkish doctors.
After the 27-hour operation, neurosurgeon Dr Memet Ozek said: “The separation of the lower part of the spinal cord was a problem in the eight-and-a-half-hour separation process. Why was it a problem?
“Because it involved four important functions: the movement of their feet, their control of the urinary tract, being able to control defecation, and to prevent a problem in their future sex life.
“Each one had its own unique set of problems. After surgery, the aim is to keep them protected.”