Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated
On Friday, May 22, 2015, Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare had the opportunity to participate in an unprecedented first in Haitian medicine: the separation of conjoined twins. The baby girls, born along with their triplet sister, Tamar, to Manoucheka and David Bernard on November 24, 2014, were successfully separated by a team of more than 40 healthcare professionals led by Dr. Henri Ford of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The twins, Michelle and Marianne, had already recovered enough to receive visitors as renowned as Haiti’s Minister of Health, Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, and the First Lady, Mrs. Sophia Saint-Remy Martelly as early as Monday, May 25, 2015.
Dr. Jerry Bitar and Dr. Marlon Bitar of Bernard Mevs Hospital credited the extensive preparation and teamwork of everyone involved in this enormous undertaking, and hope that this will continue in Haiti. Dr. Henri Ford rejoiced in the success of the operation, noting the enormous financial and logistical challenge of such a procedure. He also called for more participation in Haiti’s rebuilding from the Haitian diaspora.
The twins are expected to spend between 8-10 days in the hospital before being released to their loving and grateful parents and the oldest of the triplets, their sister Tamar—who joined in the cheering at 4:44 pm on Friday, when the 40-odd hospital employees watching the operation on a large-screen TV witnessed the successful completion of the operation.