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July 18, 2005

SickKids celebrates twins’ first birthday and return to Zimbabwe

TORONTO - Eight months after arriving at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) for life-saving separation surgery, Sick Kids staff and friends who made the separation possible will say goodbye to twins Tinashe and Tinotenda Mufuka on July 19.

The boys will be returning to Zimbabwe with their mother and nurse on July 20, the day of their first birthday. Since recovering from their separation surgery earlier this year, both boys have also had successful surgeries at Sick Kids to repair their cleft lips and palates. The medical team is pleased with their progress and has determined that the boys are ready to return home.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:

WHO:

Tinotenda and Tinashe with their mother, Elizabeth Mufuka,
and nurse/translator, Grace Chirinda
Dr. Jack Langer, head of General Surgery, Sick Kids
Dr. Ronald Zuker, plastic surgeon, Sick Kids
Cathy Seguin, vice-president, Child Health Services, Sick Kids
Kamla Sharma, director, International Patient Office, Sick Kids
Gabriel Machinga, High Commissioner for Zimbabwe to Canada
WHAT: Sick Kids staff who cared for the twins and friends from Operation Herbie, Ve’ahavta and the Salvation Army will celebrate the twins’ first birthday and say goodbye to Tinotenda and Tinashe.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19 at 2:15 p.m.

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

BACKGROUND:

December 2, 2004 The twin boys, joined at the abdomen and sharing a liver, arrived at Sick Kids from Zimbabwe, accompanied to Toronto by their mother and a nurse.

March 7, 2005 The twins are separated at Sick Kids by a surgical team of 25 medical staff. They are the tenth set of conjoined twins to be separated at Sick Kids.

May 31 & June 8, 2005 Tinashe and Tinotenda have surgery to repair their cleft lips and
palates.

July 20, 2005 The twins celebrate their first birthday and return home to Zimbabwe.

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 480 children from over 85 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.

To help other children that require assistance through the Herbie Fund, donations can be made to the Herbie Fund through Sick Kids Foundation by calling (416) 813-6166 or a cheque can be mailed to: The Herbie Fund, Sick Kids Foundation, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8.

For more information, please contact:

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