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Soroti Medics to Be Decorated for Siamese Twin Separation

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, the Consultant Surgeon.

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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 nurses.

 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.