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March 13, 2005

Condition update for conjoined twins at SickKids

TORONTO - Conjoined twins, Tinashe and Tinotenda, have been upgraded to serious condition, following separation surgery that took place six days ago at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids). Tinashe was moved out of the Critical Care Unit on Friday March 11 and Tinotenda, the smaller twin, was moved out of the Critical Care Unit on Sunday March 13.

The twin boys, who were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver, were separated by a surgical team of 25 staff at Sick Kids on Monday, March 7, 2005. They are the tenth set of conjoined twins to be separated at Sick Kids.

The hospital 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.

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Public Affairs
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Suite 1742, Public Affairs, First floor Atrium
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-5058
Fax: 416-813-5328