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February 23, 2005

Condition update for conjoined twins at SickKids

TORONTO - Seven-month-old Zimbabwean conjoined twins, Tinashe and Tinotenda, were taken to the Sick Kids’ operating room at 7:30 a.m. on Monday March 7, to undergo separation surgery.

Surgery began at 9:33 a.m. and is expected to take approximately eight hours.
A surgical team of approximately 25 staff led by Dr. Jacob Langer is involved in the separation including two general surgeons, two plastic surgeons, two anaesthetists, eight nurses and a number of surgical and anaesthesia residents. The boys are the tenth set of conjoined twins to be separated at Sick Kids.

The twin boys, who are joined at the abdomen and share a liver, arrived at Sick Kids on December 2 from Zimbabwe. Tinashe and Tinotenda were born in July in a rural area of Zimbabwe and were accompanied to Toronto by their mother and a nurse

Sick Kids first learned of the case from Canadian physicians who delivered the twins while working in Zimbabwe. It was determined that Sick Kids was the only hospital able to offer medical expertise as well as financial assistance through the Herbie Fund to cover medical expenses.

The Herbie Fund, started in 1979, has helped more than 450 children from over 80 countries come to Sick Kids for specialized medical care that is not available in their home country. The number of children the hospital is able to help depends entirely on the amount of money donated to the Herbie Fund.

For updates on the conjoined twins and to make a donation to the Herbie Fund, visit www.sickkids.ca .

No other information or interviews will be available until surgery is completed. Updates will be issued over Canada News Wire.

For more information, please contact:

Media Contact
Public Affairs
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-6380
Fax: 416-813-5328