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April 4, 2005

Conjoined twins to be discharged from SickKids

TORONTO – Conjoined twins, Tinashe and Tinotenda, will be discharged from hospital today, a month after Sick Kids surgeons separated the eight-month-old Zimbabwean boys. The twins will continue to receive treatment at Sick Kids as outpatients and will undergo additional procedures to correct their cleft lip and palate before returning home.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:

WHO:

  • Dr. Jack Langer, chief of General Surgery at Sick Kids
  • Tinotenda and Tinashe with their mother, Elizabeth Mufuka,
    and nurse/translator, Grace.

WHEN:
Monday April 4 at 4 p.m.

WHERE:
Garden Patio, Atrium
The Hospital for Sick Children
170 Elizabeth Street

BACKGROUND:
The twin boys, who were joined at the abdomen and shared 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.

For more information, please contact:

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