Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go was a picture of happiness when he met anew the conjoined twins that he helped undergo separation surgery early this year.
The one-year-old twins, named Divine and Mercy, were in good health when their parents brought them to the Senator’s office on Monday, 9 September.
The Senator acted as baptismal sponsor to the twins who were connected through their chest when they were born in Barangay Sabang, Vinzons, Camarines Norte.
Their parents, Rubelyn Guinto and Edmund Cerilo, first brought them to Go in Manila on 20 January. Go referred the twins to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where they were admitted the day after.
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 31 January, surgeons at PGH announced that the surgery had been successful.
Go met with the twins again in Manila on 13 March and agreed to be a godfather in their baptism on March 16 in Daet, Camarines Norte.
The Senator has been active in helping children with serious illnesses by serving as a bridge to government agencies and by raising funds with the help of the private sector. He has also been assisting children afflicted with biliary atresia to undergo liver transplant in India.
Last year, Go spent Christmas and his birthday at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Diliman, Quezon City, in the company of cancer patients who received gifts and toys from him.