Born Monalisa as conjoined twins, they became Mona and Lisa when they were around six months old after undergoing a risky eight-hour complicated surgery exactly two decades ago. Now, both of them are happily married and mothers of healthy toddlers.
Narendra Nath Mukherjee, who was in the Medical College & Hospital (MCH), Kolkata surgery ward when Molalisa went under the scalpel 20 years back on November 1
A 30-member team conducted the complicated operation that was the 27th successful separation of thoraco-omphalopagus twins, a medical term for those joined at the chest, sharing a few ribs and some internal organs.
The breaking story of the conjoined twins turned viral across country with many leading news organisation share the story on online platform
Tracking the conjoined twins was not a easy task. I used social networking sites for some lead. And then I started tracking them before finaly able to get the phone number of their father
Context about the project:
I would want to highlight access to data can bring out amazing stories. Here to track the story I took help of Facebook.
What can other journalists learn from this project?
The succesfull operation of the conjoined twins was first published 20 years back in the newspaper but afterward there were no trace.
I made a frantic search for almost two months before find out an amazing story.