Conjoined twins

Photo: Screenshot from video.

Conjoined twins described as ‘clinically stable’ and ‘coping for now’

A team of medical specialists are running tests on the conjoined twins that were born in Limpopo on Thursday.

Conjoined twins

Photo: Screenshot from video.

The Limpopo MEC for health Dr Phophi Ramathuba visited the conjoined twins who were born in the province and their mother, on Friday, 8 April. A team of specialists are running tests and will decide “on the next course of action.”


As previously reported, a 41-year-old woman gave delivered a set of conjoined twins at Jane Furse Hospital on Thursday.

The woman was referred to the hospital by a clinic. Before the delivery, she was “diagnosed as a normal twin pregnancy.”

However, during the caesarean section, doctors discovered that the babies were joined at the chest and abdomen.

The Limpopo Department of Health said the conjoined twins were delivered without difficulties before being transferred to Mankweng Hospital for further assessment. The mother is also being observed.

On Friday, Ramathuba visited the conjoined twins at Mankweng Hospital, where a team of specialists, including neonatologists, radiologists, paediatric surgeons and a paediatric cardiologist, provided her with a preliminary briefing after running tests on the twins.

Department spokesperson Neil Shikwambana said psychologists were also dispatched to offer support to the mother.

“Both babies are clinically stable, not intubated and respiratory-wise coping for now.

“MEC Ramathuba has requested the public to allow the medical teams to do their work and also offer support to the family of the babies,” said Shiwambana.