Natascha Mcelhone - Mcelhone Delighted With Conjoined Twins Operation
Actress Natascha Mcelhone has heaped praise on the charity staff and doctors who worked to help separate baby twins who were born joined at the head.
The 11-month-old girls, Rital and Ritag Gaboura, from the Sudan, were flown to Britain for a number of operations at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital with the help of the Facing the World organisation - a charity co-founded by MCElhone's late husband Dr. Martin Kelly.
The babies underwent surgery four times and were finally separated last month (Aug11), and MCElhone appeared on Britain's Bbc Breakfast TV show on Monday morning (19Sep11) to praise the team who helped the twins.
She says, "I think the parents are both doctors and they approached local medical centres for help and they also approached Great Ormond Street. They were rejected by lots of medical centres who said they (the twins) wouldn't survive.
"Great Ormond Street was able to finance fundraising to bring them over. There were so many complications in logistics... they (the twins) are horizontal... they are not able to sit in a plane seat so the Facing the World foundation donated a plane to fly them across..."
The Californication actress also urged fans to continue to give money to the Facing the World charity, as the organisation relies on the generosity of the public.
She adds, "I want to stress that it was not Nhs (National Health Service) or taxpayers' money that paid for all this, it was all donations".