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Little Fighters' mum tells of moment sister realised twins have one leg each

THE parents of conjoined twins Hassan and Hussein have revealed their daughter's distress as she realised that her brothers only had one leg each.

The two little Irish boys made an incredible recovery after being separated at a London hospital a year ago to the wonder and delight of their parents Angie and Azzedine Benhaffaf and the medical world.

Their family's miraculous journey was put into words in a book penned by Angie and writer Edel O'Connell entitled Little Fighters -- The Million To One Miracles, which was launched at the weekend.

"One afternoon I brought Malika (5) over to see her brothers after school," mum-of-four Angie wrote.

"It was just the two of us in the room and I remember her chatting away to Hussein, telling him all about her new school and her day when she suddenly stopped and fell silent.

"Suddenly she said, 'Mummy I can see the legs now', to which I replied, 'What do you mean, sweetheart?'

"She looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, 'Mummy, I can see their legs are missing now'.



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"'But we always knew that, love', to which she replied, 'Yes but I just wish they could grow another leg each'.

"When the twins were joined I had always covered up the fact that they had only one leg each," Angie added.

"Every time we took them out I would wrap them tightly in a blanket so nobody could tell, now that they were getting better and stronger I knew it wouldn't be long before they were out of intensive care.

"It was time to let people know."

Although Malika has come to accept her brothers' condition, she still hopes to see them walking on two legs and her mother reassures her that they will soon be chasing her around the park.

Hassan and Hussein are at present strapped into a special standing machine at their home in Carrigtwohill each day.

The Benhaffafs are set to meet with an American prosthetist this summer to discuss when the twins will be ready to be fitted with prosthetic legs.

They face a continuous process of hospital appointments, physiotherapy sessions and visits to disability support centres.

Anyone wishing to donate to The Little Fighters' Fund can send a donation to the Permanent TSB branch in Patrick Street, Cork: sort code 99-07-03; a/c no: 16556196.

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