Sunday 8 December 2019

Mother hopes prayers will help 'little fighters'

Olivia Kelleher

CONJOINED twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, right, travelled to London yesterday to prepare for their separation surgery which is due to take place early next month.

The twins, pictured right, will spend the next few weeks in London with their parents Angie and Azzedine and the couple's other two children, Malika (4) and two-year-old Iman.

Arrangements are now being finalised for surgery on the three-month-old twins at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The twins' mother Angie, who is from Togher in Co Cork, and her Algerian-born husband, face a tense wait as their sons are expected to spend 24 hours in theatre.

Leading the surgical team for their separation is Cork-born paediatric surgeon Edward Kiely. Mr Kiely said the survival rate at Great Ormond Street Hospital for planned separations where the children are stable is about 80 per cent, and under these circumstances both twins usually survive and have a good quality of life.

Angie has asked members of the public to pray for her sons, which the couple dubbed "little fighters" as the surgery draws near.

Irish Independent

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