There is still much to be done, but the mom of conjoined twins can sigh a breath of relief after her daughters were separated after a successful surgery.
Mariz Umali reported on 24 Oras that Cassandra and Rebecca were born connected in the pelvis area (from the belly to their bottom). Their parents did not know of their daughters' condition until their birth on March 5, 2020 in Pampanga.
The twins were then transferred to National Children's Hospital 10 days later. The surgery to separate the twins was risky, according to Dr. Epifania Simbul, the medical center chief of the hospital.
In the report's interview with the doctor, Dr. Simbul explained, "The intestine of the first one, incomplete siya. The short intestine maybe contributory kung hindi niya makayanan later on ang mabuhay nang ganun lang kahaba ang kanyang intestine."
Janilla Fuentes, the twins' mom, was barely holding it together during the interview 24 Oras conducted with her before the surgery. She told Umali "gumuho yung mundo ko" when the doctor said there was a possibility one of the twins could die during the operation. Janilla at one point thought maybe surgery wasn't a good idea.
Five months after they were born, the twins underwent their surgery on August 26. Dr. Simbul told Umali, "So far, walang naging complications like yung bleeding. Maganda ang post-operative condition nila."
According to Umali, the twins still need to go through a series of operations to address the remaining issues in their organs.
Dr. Simbul said, "Para hindi mag-move yung kanyang pelvis, yung kanyang mga hita. Kasi may kulang na buto sa harapan nila, di ba? Walang butas ang kanyang puwet kaya ang kanyang dumi ay dumadaan sa ileostomy (a temporary or permanent opening done via surgery). Yun ang hope natin na patuloy na ito with good nutrition and good nursing care."