Admin l Wednesday, November 22, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – Medical doctors in Philippines have began a procedure to separate conjoined twins, Joy and Joyce who are joined together on the face. It is not clear how the girls, now 10 years will look like at the end of the operation even after plastic surgery.
Patrick Magsino and his wife, Jomarie will spend £75,000 for this life changing but deadly suggery but they are not capable of funding it due to the state of their finances.
The family lives on the meagre salary Patrick earns – £6 a day about £180 a month. To raise funds for the operation, his wife moved abroad in an effort to get enough money, leaving the girls in the care of their relatives.
According to the parents, at the time of their birth, a local charity offered to pay for medical treatment of the girls but they stopped helping in 2014 when medical doctors said they may not survive the operation.
“The operation would be quite risky as one nerve connects the girls and it would have to be connected within seconds or else one of them would die. That is when the foundation withdrew their support”, a family spokesman said.
On his part, Magsino said, “When the girls were born they were fed through a plastic tube but today they are playful. It has become hard to control them especially because they now want to be separated. The twins have developed a great sense of understanding, but they occasionally fight over doing their preferred activities.
“Joyce has a cleft lip and is the dominant of the two twins and usually manages to get her way in most situations”, he said.
The goodnews is that the twins have been admitted at a hospital in San Juan, east of Manila, and are now being prepared for the do or die operation.