The little girls from the Central African Republic were separated at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital on June 5. The operation was a difficult process. It was so complex because the girls shared a skull and a large number of blood vessels. The surgery’s technical term being “total posterior craniopagus”.
The surgery received world sensation since it has never been successfully completed before.
The twins were born conjoined and received the first-ever successful surgery of its kind in order to separate them. The twins were later baptized in a church with the sacrament of baptism having been administered by Pope Francis.
“Ervina and Prefina were born twice. If we had stayed in Africa I don’t know what fate they would have had. Now the girls have been reborn through baptism,” their mother said. Twins Ervina and Prefina Bangalo were born in June 29, 2018 in Mbaiki, Central African Republic.
Antoinette Montaigne, a Central African politician and former Minister of Communication of the country tweeted the successful operation joyfully. Mariella Enoc, President of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, visited the Central African Republic in 2018. She met the little girls and gave them the opportunity to undergo the surgery at the Vatican hospital.
The surgeries were three in total where the last one took 18 hours and 30 doctors and nurses to complete. The whole process took a year of study and preparation.
The twins sensational journey has been amazing as they had zero chances of survival. The doctors said the twins have “distinct” personalities. Prefina is vivacious and playful while Ervina is more serious and quietly observes her surroundings.
“When you come across lives that can be saved, you have to do it. We can’t just look away,” Enoc said at a press conference on July 7, announcing the successful surgery.