Lydia and Linda Awui, the first conjoined twins to be split in Ghana, have expressed their love and admiration for the late former president Jerry John Rawlings.
The twins, who have grown since the procedure in 1999, expressed their thanks to the late founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who paid for their separation medical costs.
Linda stated in an interview with Nana Aba Anamoah of GHOne TV/Starr FM that it was difficult for her to comprehend the death of former President Jerry Rawlings.
Lydia sent Nana Aba Anamoah a heartfelt note thanking her for her assistance in raising cash for the Bansah babies’ operation.
President Nana Akufo-Addo volunteered to pay for the full treatment when the general manager of GHOne TV/Starr FM helped raise over GHc500,000 for the Bansah twins, who needed GHc3,000,000 for urgent surgery.
Lydia and Linda Awui were in a similar predicament since they were born conjoined in the abdomen and needed surgery to be separated, but their family could not afford it.
President Jerry Rawlings, who was in office at the time, intervened and supplied the required money for the treatment. In 1999, three months after their birth, the Awui sisters were separated at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
In 2019, the sisters and their parents, Eunice and Benjamin Awui, made a visit to ex-president Rawlings to thank him, accompanied by one of the physicians, Dr Appeadu-Mensah, a pediatric surgeon who conducted the groundbreaking surgery.
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