CONJOINED twins Divine and Mercy of Sabang, Camarines Norte, will get a good chance at living as separate, normal children. Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, upon learning of their condition, helped facilitate the provision of medical assistance for their surgery and treatment.
In a meeting on Sunday in Manila City with twins parents Rubelyn Guinto and Edmund Cerilo, the former SAP agreed to shoulder all medical expenses to separate the twins who had been joined at the torso.
“Nakakaawa naman talaga ‘yung mga bata kaya sinabi ko doon sa mga magulang na tutulong ako sa kanila para doon sa operasyon. May mga supporters tayo na naniniwala sa adbokasiya natin at willing tumulong,” Go stated.
To make it convenient for the parents, Bong Go get them a room in Sta. Cruz, Manila, where they can stay temporarily.
On Monday, the twins were admitted at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and underwent preliminary checkup procedures and the results are 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.”
She said the twins will undergo additional tests such as CT scan, 2D echo, and other procedures as may be necessary to fully assess their condition and prepare them properly for the surgical operation.