A pair of conjoined twins who were not expected to survive birth are thriving at school. Marieme and Ndeye Ndiaye, four, are also learning to walk with a frame, Wales Online reports. Proud dad Ibrahima said: “School was one of the steps I always prayed for to happen and now it is happening. You can’t imagine the joy for me to see them in school uniforms and sharing with other children despite whatever condition they are going through.
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“The pride I have for them every single day when I see the things they are doing. From surviving first, that was a huge achievement and then doing things like standing and going to school every morning. You can see a lot of joy.”
The girls were born in Senegal in May 2016 and doctors expected them to live only days or weeks. Ibrahima took them to the UK in 2017 for specialist treatment at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 2018 doctors realised Marieme’s heart was growing weaker.
They considered separating them but their circulatory systems are so closely linked neither would have survived. The twins live in Cardiff where they attend Mount Stuart Primary School.
Ibrahima added: “They are making a lot of friends and it’s delightful to see them socialising.”