Wednesday 17 January 2018

Thriving 'little fighters' to go home weeks ahead of schedule

Ralph Riegel

CONJOINED Irish twin boys Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf could return home to Ireland within the next month.

The revelation came as their mother, Angie, admitted that the twins' recovery from marathon separation surgery has astonished not just their family but doctors at the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London.

"They are my little fighters -- and I know they will do amazingly well," the Cork mother of four said.

The boys have thrived since the hospital transferred them from the intensive care unit to a general ward two weeks ago and they are now making startling progress.

Doctors are very satisfied with how the five-month-old boys are recovering from their 14-hour separation surgery and they could be ready to return home within a month, almost eight weeks ahead of schedule.

Their care will then be taken over by Cork University Hospital.

Crucially, neither of the two boys requires plastic surgery as a consequence of the surgery.


"I can (eventually) see them running or whizzing around. I know they can do what other kids do but probably even better," she said. "Football, running -- they will do it better than other kids."

The boys were separated on April 7. Once they are sufficiently recovered, doctors will address the fact that both boys have a leg that did not form properly in the womb. They will both require a prosthetic limb to be fitted -- but Angie is adamant that the boys will cope with that challenge.

She said the support of Irish people had also helped get her family through the ordeal of the surgery.

"The one thing that is helping us to get through each new day is the support we are still getting from the public and the bundles of post that come twice a day for the boys," she explained.

Irish Independent

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