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Former conjoined twins in good health

September 10, 2019 - Tuesday 4:09 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go checks on formerly conjoined twins Divine and Mercy at his office on Monday.

Go poses with the family.


Conjoined twins Divine and Mercy are in good health seven months after their separation surgery which was facilitated by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go.

Go met the twins  again on Monday when they were brought to his office by their parents.

The Senator, who also acted as a sponsor to the twins in their baptism, said he was happy to see that Divine and Mercy are in good health.

The one-year-old twins were born in Barangay Sabang, Vinzons, Camarines Norte, and were connected through their chest. 

Their parents, Rubelyn Guinto and Edmund Cerilo, first brought them to Go in Manila on January 20.

Go referred the twins to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where they were admitted the day later.

Go said in an interview then that the condition of Divine and Mercy touched his heart.

He asked donors from the private sector to shoulder the expenses for the operation. He also assisted the parents in renting a room in Sta. Cruz, Manila where they stayed while waiting for their babies to be admitted to the hospital.

On January 31, surgeons at PGH announced that the surgery had been successful.

Go met with the twins again in Manila on March 13 and agreed to be a godfather in their baptism on March 16 in Daet, Camarines Norte.

In the Senate where he is the chair of the Committee on Health, Go has filed several health-related bills, one of which is the Senate Bill No. 199 which seeks to institutionalize nationwide the Malasakit Center, a one-stop shop for financial assistance from various government agencies.

During his last State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte credited Go for the idea of the Malasakit Center, which now number more than 40 in different parts of the country.