First Georgian conjoined twins are in need of urgent help
01 July, 2015
First Georgian conjoined twins are in need of urgent help
“Both of them are fully healthy at the moment, but if surgery is not performed on time, complications will follow”

The beautiful babies depicted in this photo are conjoined twins. Tebrole and Tamar Vashakmadze were born approximately three months ago, on March 12, in Tbilisi’s Ghudushauri Clinic. Inspection of the girls has revealed that they share a liver and require urgent surgery to exist and develop independently.

Their separation might get delayed, however, since such a surgical operation has never
been performed in Georgia before, and the twins’ parents cannot afford to seek medical assistance abroad.

At the moment, the two girls live in Kutaisi. They have a ten-year-old sister, who was born fully healthy. Their mother Mariam Lezhava claims that save for their conjunction, the two infants also do not have any health defects.

Mariam Lezhava:
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- As I was told, my girls are the first conjoined twins to ever be born in Georgia. They develop as any other infants would and have a full set of internal organs each, save for sharing a liver. Both of them are fully healthy at the moment, but if surgery is not performed on time, complications will follow, which might cause serious problems in the near future.

- Where do you plan for separation surgery to take place?

- In the Ghudushauri Clinic, where they were born, we were advised to look for clinics in Germany and Israel that have plenty of experience operating on conjoined twins. At the moment, we have chosen a clinic in Köln, but the surgery costs 85 000 EUR. For me, such a sum is simply unattainable; there is no way I will be able to collect so much money.

- Have you already applied to Ministry of Health with your plight?

- Yes, but they have declined to grant our request, later explaining that the maximum amount of funds they can provide us with is 10 000 EUR per person. Since it’s two children we are talking about, they can give us 20 000 EUR, but only after we have collected the remaining 65 000.

We are in a hopeless situation. We called a variety of charity funds, but they have denied us – sometimes not even bothering to discuss our request. Kutaisi City Hall has given us 1 500 GEL, for which we are thankful, but it is a drop in the ocean compared to the sum we have to collect!


Kviris Palitra
newspaper has talked to Healthcare Minister Davit Sergeenko, who told us that while he cannot provide funds beyond the Ministry’s legal limit, they will try to come up with a solution for the urgent situation.

In addition, we offer the family’s bank account credentials for all who would like to donate:

TBC Bank

Addressee: Mariam Lezhava

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