Dr Epodoi, the Consultant Surgeon led a team that conducted a highly risky operation, to separate a conjoined twin from a dead sibling in March 2021. The operation took place six days after the birth of the conjoined twins, and, according to the medics, the deceased twin had already started decomposing.
Dr Joseph Epodoi and 15 other medical workers in Soroti have
been listed for the hero’s medals to be given out during the National Liberation Day
celebrations on Wednesday.
Dr Epodoi, the Consultant Surgeon led a team that conducted a highly risky
operation, to separate a conjoined twin from a dead sibling in March 2021. The operation took place six
days after the birth of the conjoined twins, and, according to the medics, the deceased twin had already started decomposing.
For more than five hours, the team was in theatre to save the life of the living twin, who shared the liver and chest walls with the deceased.
Dr Epodoi said that he is humbled by the
recognition accorded to him by the country. He said that when he received a
call from President’s office about the Wednesday function, he was taken aback by events that have shaped his medical career.
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According to Dr Epodoi, medicine is his culture and
religion which keeps him moving. He also conducted another complicated surgery
when he delivered a baby implanted on the liver in June 2020.
The other medics who worked with Dr Epodoi to separate the
conjoined twin are Dr Namugenyi Josephine- Medical Officer Special Grade, Dr
Rev. Sr. Ajiko Mary Margret- Consultant, Dr Uwantege John- Medical Officer, Dr Ocen Innocent- Intern, Dr Nakawesi Amina- Medical Officer, Dr Alaroker
Florence- Senior Consultant Paediatrician and Dr Nakubulwa Clare- Medical
Officer Special Grade.
The others were Jackson Moding Keem and Zenaiyu
Kituyi- anaesthetic Officers, Kibetenga Medrine, Alekat Sarah and Ajok Margret,
the recovery nurses and Ajilong Jennifer and Ebwalu Daniel, the instrument
But Who is Dr Joseph Epodoi?
He is the fifth child in the family often. Dr Epodoi was
born to Dominic Michael Etelu (Agriculturist) and the late Cresentia Angicho
Etelu (Teacher) in Kamusala, Kateta Sub County in Serere district on August 5,
1971. He went to St. Mary’s School in Soroti for Nursery before joining Aloet
from primary 1- 6 but sat for his Primary Leaving Examination- PLE at Madera
Boys. He had all his secondary education in Teso College- Aloet.
Dr Epodoi joined Makerere University in 1990 for Medicine
and Surgery. In 1998, he enrolled on the Master of Medicine and General Surgery in
the same institute. After his master degree, he continued to Kilimanjaro
Christian Medical Centre in Moshi Town for another Master of Science in Urology
before joining a fellowship for urology in East and Central Africa. He also
trained in India for endocrinology mainly focusing on the management of
diabetes and diseases of the thyroid.
He is married to Dr Irene Chebet, a Medical Officer Special
grade in obstetrics and gynaecology, also working at Soroti Regional Referral
Hospital. The couple has four children.