MANILA- 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 Rubelyn Guinto and Edmund Cerilo, the parents of the twins, the former SAP agreed to help shoulder all expenses for the clinical operation to separate the twins who were born connected to each other through their chest.
“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 assisted in renting a room for them in Sta. Cruz, Manila where they can stay temporarily.
“’Yung tulong pinansyal po, ginawan na namin ng paraan. Kaya lang, samahan ninyo kami sa aming panalangin na sana ay maging matagumpay ang operasyon at kaagad na gumaling ang magkapatid na Divine at Mercy,” Go added.
On Monday, the twins were admitted to the 2nd floor, Pedia Ward 6 of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) at Taft Ave. where Go had referred them. The PGH Pediatrics Surgery team welcomed Divine and Grace and interviewed their parents.
Before the twins were admitted, they 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.”
According to Dr. Saguil, the Pediatrics Surgery team will have a meeting on Wednesday and will plan series of tests to prepare the twins for surgery.
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.
The twins arrived in Manila with their parents on January 19, 2019 through the help of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo “Egay” Tallado. Governor Tallado was instrumental in referring the parents of the twins to Bong Go via Cesar Chavez’ radio program on DZRH.
“Huwag po kayong mag-alala dahil tutulong po ako sa abot ng aking makakaya; hanggang sa gumaling po ang mga anak ninyo ay tutulong po ako,” Go reassured the parents of the twins in the January 19, 2019 radio interview.###