Nigerian conjoined twin girls, Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, whose parent Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ayeni both from Kogi state have been successfully separated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The twins joined at the lower half of the body were born in Enugu State on the 16th November, 2015. Mrs. Efe Farinre, Founder of the Linking Hands Foundation, LHF, has disclosed that the highly complex and extremely risky procedure lasted for 18 hours early this month, adding that the girls would require further surgeries. Speaking after the successful separation of the twins, Mr. Samuel Ayeni has said that LHF was introduced to them by an extended friend and after a telephone discussion with Mr. Ayeni, LHF made a commitment to help solicit financial and non-financial support towards the medical needs of the twins, as part of its “Every-Child-Counts Initiative.
” While also giving glory to God for the twins’ successful separation, Farinre added that though LHF had received an estimated quotation of $1,000,000 from one of the hospitals the organization had reached out to on behalf of the Ayeni twins, Le Bonheur Children’s took up the treatment and surgical separation of the twins at no charge.
The hospital has also provided free accommodation for the Ayenis at its FedEx Family House for the duration of the twins’ treatment.