Success stories from the Bangladesh health sector, including the treatment Muktamoni and of conjoined twins Tofa and Tahura, are to be presented to delegations participating in the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York on September 12.
Dr Abul Kalam Azad, director of the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of DMCH, said: “A book on the success stories of the health sector is being published. It will be distributed to every delegation team of the participating nations at the UN General Assembly. The success stories of Muktamoni and Tofa-Tahura have been documented in the book.”
Muktamoni is an 11-year-old girl who has been suffering from a lymphatic malformation that resulted in a malignant growth on her right arm. A team of specialist doctors of the DMCH burn and plastic surgery unit and the anesthesia department conducted her operation on Saturday, September 9, after Singapore General Hospital had refused to undertake the risk.
Meanwhile, Tofa and Tahura, the first Pygopagus twins of Bangladesh, were discharged from DMCH on September 10 after a team of over 20 doctors conducted the successful nine-hour-long surgery . 13 conjoined pairs of twins had been born in Bangladesh before the birth of Tofa and Tahura, with 60 percent of them dying due to post operation complications.
Speaking on the occasion of Tofa and Tahura's release from the hospital, Health Minister Mohammed Nasim said that he hoped the story of their successful treatment would inspire young doctors.