NewsStory Of Conjoined Twins From Senegal Detailed In Documentary

Story Of Conjoined Twins From Senegal Detailed In Documentary

The story of conjoined twins from Senegal and their ongoing fight for life is being featured in a new BBC documentary.

According to BBC, the “Inseparable Sisters” documentary shares deeper insight into how their father’s will, Ibrahima, led to their current situation of a relatively normal life. Shortly after their birth, Ibrahima swiftly took them to the United Kingdom after doctors in Senegal urged them that the best chance of survival was through surgery. They specifically share one pair of legs and a pelvis, with conjoined twins, in general, not only extremely rare but, more often than not, die during infancy. However, Ibrahima refused to stop fighting on behalf of his daughters and their ability to live despite the threat of death already present.

“I was preparing myself to lose them very quickly,” he shared in the documentary. “The only thing we could do is be beside them and not allow them to walk alone through this journey. We saw very clearly early on that we were dealing with warriors who hang on to life.”

The family became in contact with the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, a children’s hospital notable for treating conjoined twins. While anticipating the procedure, doctors found complications that would be too risky to move forward, as tests confirmed that Marieme’s heart would not survive if she underwent the operation. However, without the surgery, both girls had a strong chance of not making it past the year.

After deciding not to continue with the separation, Ibrahima relocated to the United Kingdom so that his daughters could have the full-time care needed, leaving the rest of his family and his career in Senegal. It is a choice he considers as his “parental responsibility.”

“It’s into the unknown, but I didn’t think too much; I just followed my heart,” expressed the dutiful father. It is my parental responsibility to make sure they will have somebody who will be here for them, that will be my life purpose.”

Nowadays, the 7-year-olds attend school in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, making friends with their classmates while still receiving necessary care. They continue to connect through their shared body parts, with each their own heart and spinal cord, as they steadily learn to walk and stand independently. Their continued existence remains a miracle for their family and the medical community, as their livelihoods symbolize a parent’s love and determination.

“Inseparable Sisters” premieres on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Feb. 21.

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Source: Black Enterprise

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