Oct 8, 2013, 9:12 AM
The mother of the babies, Ramatoulie Jallow, has already appealed to organisations and philanthropists to support them both morally and financially and this is very understandable.
As this case is so very rare and extraordinary, the unfortunate truth is that she and her husband are far more likely to receive the financial assistance they need for the procedure than the families of children we see every day in our newspapers and on our television screens who are suffering from very serious, if not as sensational, ailments or conditions.
We have written in these pages before of the need to address this issue within our health service. We are not demanding that the health service in The Gambia be magically brought in line with the level of service available elsewhere on the planet but we do ask that a system is established. This system would ensure that patients, be they children or adults, do not have to die while waiting for life-saving treatment simply because they cannot afford to travel.We wish the conjoined twins and their family good luck on the difficult road that lies ahead of them. We also pray that those other families who are waiting by their phones for news of donors that will help them with their medical bills can cope with the deadly, harsh reality that they must endure at this time.