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Mother Gives Birth to Live Conjoined Twins at GFPA Clinic

Aug 8, 2008, 7:20 AM | Article By: By Pa Modou Faal

One Ramatoulie Jallow a 28 year-old mother and resident of Serekunda London Corner gave birth to live conjoined twins at The Gambia Family Planning Association Reproductive Health Clinic at Kanifing South on Thursday around 3pm.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Point yesterday, Dr Ndabo Manneh Camara, the Medical doctor in- charge of the GFPA reproductive Health Clinic, said Mrs. Jallow was brought to the clinic around 1pm but upon her arrival she was complaining of abdominal pain. Following a thorough examination she was referred for emergency scanning at the ASB German Clinic at Latrikunda.

She stated that after the scan it was suggested by Dr Martins of ASB that Ramatoulie should be operated on. Following this decision a caesarian section operation was carried out.

According to her, a major operation done to save the lives of both the mother and the babies.

Dr Camara said in her 22 years as a medical practitioner this is the first time she has come across such a case as conjoined twins are a medical rarity. She described the case as genetic and said the issue had occurred in the early stages of pregnancy.

She pointed out that Mrs. Ramatoulie is a mother of three children and this is her fourth pregnancy noting that presently the babies have been referred to the pediatric unit of the RVTH so as to receive the required care. Mr. Baboucarr Ngum the PRO of the RVTH confirmed to The Point that the babies are indeed under the custody of the hospital but was unable to comment any further on the case.

For her part, the mother of the babies Ramatoulie Jallow appealed to organisations and philanthropists to support them both morally and financially. Anyone wishing to help in this case can contact 4370325.