IN a historic medical success, a local surgical team has this morning successfully separated conjoined twins at a public hospital in Malawi.
Eric Borgestien led a team of paediatric surgeons to perform the procedure at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, QECH.
The news has been confirmed by the hospital on twitter through its twitter handle @QECH_Chipatala.
This is Malawi’s largest referral hospital located in the commercial city of Blantyre.
In its tweet the hospital says the operation went smoothly and the children are admitted at the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
It was conducted at the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care that was built with funds from US pop star Madonna.
She named the specialised health centre after 11-year-old Mercy James, a Malawian girl who she adopted in 2009.
The Mercy James Centre was opened on 11 July, 2017.
Borgstein is a Malawian born pediatric surgeon, who serves as a Professor of Surgery at the College of Medicine which is a constituent college of University of Malawi, UNIMA.
Aside his position as a Medical Director at Mercy James centre, he is also Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at QECH.
The medical doctor is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He started work as a surgeon at QECH in 1992.
Records indicate that he has strong interest in surgical training and has played a leading role in the establishment of the Master of Medicine program in Pediatric surgery at the College of Medicine.