Tanzanian triumph for doc who separated conjoined twins

by Sylvia Pownall
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A donabate surgeon who emigrated after being wrongly sanctioned by the Medical Council has successfully separated conjoined twins in Tanzania.

Liver specialist Prof Martin Corbally led a team of nine other doctors in a complex operation on two-month-old boys who were conjoined at the stomach.

The surgery has been hailed as a milestone for the African state and is the first successful procedure of its kind at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

Medics had to wait 60 days before the two Masai boys reached the required minimum weight of 4.5kg.

Prof Corbally, who lived for years in Corballis, Donabate, revealed: “They shared a part of the liver, abdominal and lower chest wall, but fortunately did not share any major blood vessels and had normal lungs and hearts.

“When the last piece of connecting tissue was divided there was great applause from all the team at the success of the procedure, which was wonderful to witness.

“One baby was taken to a separate table and the other stayed with me.”

Both twins are now back with their mother and are said to be doing well.

Prof Corbally is now based in Bahrain and is head of the surgery department at the local campus of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

He appeared before the Medical Council after a mistake was made during a 2010 tongue-tie operation which he did not carry out and was found guilty of poor professional performance.

Prof Corbally was later vindicated in the High Court and a Supreme Court appeal led to Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman describing him as “a very distinguished” doctor.

The case led to calls for a review of fitness to practice hearings among those in the medical profession.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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