When conjoined twins Venny Kerubo and Mary Kwamboka were born at Kisii Level Six Hospital, to their parents Mr and Mrs Caleb Osoro, they were connected at their heart and shared vital organs – liver, heart, intestine, etc.
The pair had to be separated as such twins are usually separated as early as possible. Their parents immediately rushed them to the Kenyatta National Hospital for surgery, after they were born.
But the twins, Venny Kerubo and Mary Kwamboka never experienced the delicate surgery as they died on Wednesday evening while still on the way to Kenyatta National Hospital by road for an operation to separate them.
The ambulance transporting them to Nairobi was forced to return to Kisii after they died halfway to the destination. Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital Chief Executive Dr Enoch Ondari revealed that the twins who left the hospital in good health could not be operated in the hospital.
Sympathizing with the twins’ family, Dr Ondari revealed that a series of tests will be carried out on them to identify the cause of their death as well as the body parts they shared.
The babies’ father, who is a motorcyclist from Nyamache area of Kisii, was shocked by the loss of his twin daughters. But he appreciated the specialists for trying hard to save their lives.
Conjoined twins are usually separated before their first birthday, and the occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births.
Approximately, half conjoined twins die before birth, and an additional one-third die within 24 hours after they are born. Most live births are female, with a ratio of 3:1. But most stillbirths are male.