Pope Francis has baptised twins who were born conjoined at the head and were separated at the Vatican’s children’s hospital. Source: CNA.
The twins’ mother had said at a press conference following the successful surgery at the Bambino Gesù Hospital on June 5 that she wanted the twins to be baptised by the Pope.
“If we had stayed in Africa I don’t know what fate they would have had. Now that they are separate and well, I would like them to be baptised by Pope Francis who has always taken care of the children of Bangui,” said the girls’ mother Ermine, who came with the twins from the Central African Republic for the surgery, July 7.
Antoinette Montaigne, a Central African politician, posted a photo on Twitter of Pope Francis with the twins in their baptismal gowns on August 7, writing that the Pope had baptised the separated twins the day prior.
The Italian news agency ANSA reported yesterday that the twins had been baptised at the Pope’s residence, Casa Santa Marta.
Following the surgery in June, Dr Carlo Efisio Marras, director of neurosurgery of the Bambino Gesù hospital told CNA that the twins have a high chance of living normal lives after undergoing the 18-hour operation which involved more than 30 medical staff.
The twins, Ervina and Prefina, were born on June 29, 2018, in a village about 100 kilometres outside Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. They were joined together with “one of the rarest and most complex forms of cranial and cerebral fusion,” known as total posterior craniopagus, according to the Bambino Gesu hospital.