BREAKING : Funeral held for Tanzania’s conjoined twins

The funeral of Tanzania’s conjoined twins, Maria and Consolata Mwakikuti, who died on Saturday aged 21, has taken place at Ruaha Catholic University in the southern highlands.

The women had been studying education at the university – and teaching staff and students were among those who paid tribute to them.

They had been joined from the navel downwards and shared organs like the liver and lungs, had two hearts and separate heads and arms.

This handout photograph taken on September 13, 2017, and released by The Ruaha Catholic University (RUCU), shows conjoined twins Maria (L) and Consolata Mwakikuti as they react while looking at a computer in a computer laboratory of Ruaha Catholic University (RUCU) in Iringa, Tanzania, on their arrival day to attend the university
The Ruaha Catholic University

They were admitted to hospital in December due to issues relating to heart disease but died on Saturday after suffering respiratory complications.

In an interview with the BBC last year, the twins said that after they had completed their university education, they wanted to become teachers.

Maria and Consolata, who were against the idea of being surgically separated, also told the BBC that they hoped to get married to one husband someday.

The two, whose parents died while they were still infants, were raised by the Catholic charity Maria Consolata, which had adopted and named them.

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