Surgeons of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) on Thursday announced the successful separation of conjoined twins Divine and Mercy.
Rubelyn Guinto, 31, the mother of the twins, immediately thanked senatorial aspirant and former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for extending the needed help to make the operation possible.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami at nakarating kami sa PGH at nakasalang po agad sa operating room ang aming kambal dahil po sa tulong ni Sec. Bong Go. Nagpapasalamat po kami sa kanya dahil ang aming hinaing (pinakinggan niya) ,” Rubelyn said.
The twins, who were from Barangay Sabang in the municipality of Vinzons, Camarines Norte, arrived with their parents in Manila on 19 January 2019. Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo “Egay” Tallado referred them to Go through a radio program.
Go had immediately assured the parents of the twins of financial aid and other support for the treatment of Divine and Mercy.
“Nakakaawa naman talaga ‘yung mga bata kaya sinabi ko doon sa mga magulang na tutulong ako sa kanila para doon sa operasyon,” Go had said.
Meanwhile, the senatorial candidate also welcomed the announcement of Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, PGH director, who bared that they are not expecting any post-surgery complications for the twins.
Go said he is praying the twins will have a good chance of full recovery after the operation.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa mga doctor ng PGH sa kanilang matagumpay na operasyon. Ganun pa man, ipagdasal pa rin po natin ang kambal na sana ay tuloy-tuloy na silang gumaling at makapamuhay bilang mga normal na bata,” Go said.
Divine and Mercy were born connected through their chest.
The twins were admitted to the PGH last 21 January 2019. The PGH Pediatrics Surgery team welcomed Divine and Grace and interviewed their parents.
Likewise, the twins underwent preliminary checkup procedures and the results were encouraging. According to Dr. Esther Saguil of PGH-Pediatric Surgery, the twins look fit for separation.
“The conjoined twins look separable and of the appropriate size, ” Saguil said, adding that assessment is needed “if skin coverage is adequate and there is a need for expanders.”
To make it convenient for parents while waiting for the treatment, Go rented a room for them in Sta. Cruz, Manila where they can stay temporarily.