While most women want single babies, others want twins who will grow up to be best friends. In reality, having a twin is a wonderful and fascinating experience, particularly when you get to watch them play, argue, and develop together.
What is even more heartbreaking and traumatic for both the mother and family is when the twins who were meant to be a source of joy for the family are conjoined. The pain of seeing them struggle, develop, and do things together is excruciating, particularly for the mother.
Ndeye and Marieme’s story is both heartbreaking and fascinating. When the cute conjoined twins were born in Dakar in May 2016, doctors predicted they wouldn’t last more than a week. According to their father Ndiaye, who had four older children at the time, he didn’t see that coming, and that none of the four separate scans his wife had indicated a twin, let alone a conjoined twin.
According to Mr Ibrahima Ndiaye, the adorable conjoined twin’s parent, Ndeye is the lively one who enjoys attention, while Marieme is quiet, calm, and thoughtful. “Ndeye is fire, and Marieme is ice.”
They have separate brains, hearts, and lungs, but they share a liver, bladder, digestive system, and three kidneys. They play and have fun just like any other regular child.
One month after the children were born, their father contacted hospitals all over the world to see if they could be separated. He was informed that the two girls could not be separated without risking their lives, and he had no choice but to let them be.
According to the doctors, Marieme’s condition is so bad that she might die, and if she does, her stronger sister Ndeye will perish with her.
Mr Ibrahima Ndiaye, who was frail and sad when they were born, is now stronger, and he says the children are his inspiration, that he’ll devote everything to them, and that they’ll never walk alone. “I am a fortunate man to be a part of this journey,” he said.
May God continue to protect them and grant Mr Ibrahima the grace to care for the children.
Do you think Mr Ibrahima made the right choice by not trying out the 50/50 surgery?