Twin siblings Marieme and Ndeye entered the world as conjoined twins, presenting their father Ibrahima with a heartbreaking dilemma. Faced with the potential loss of the weaker of the two through surgery or a grim prognosis if they remained conjoined, Ibrahima, alongside medical professionals, made the poignant decision to keep them together. Now, at the age of 7 and residing in Cardiff, the sisters not only survive but thrive, defying the medical odds stacked against them.
The poignant narrative of Inseparable Sisters, a touching and uplifting film for BBC One, BBC One Wales, and iPlayer, unfolds the intimate story of the unbreakable bond between the girls and the unwavering determination of their devoted father, Ibrahima. Having abandoned his successful career in Senegal in 2017 to seek crucial medical care for his daughters, Ibrahima, now based in Cardiff, dedicates his life to them, cherishing each day as a blessing.
This 1×40’ documentary chronicles the twins’ daily lives, from routine hospital appointments and clothes fittings to their experiences in mainstream school. Viewers will be introduced to the dedicated support staff, medical teams, and friends who play integral roles in their lives, all the while getting to know the distinct personalities and infectious spirits of the girls.
Christina Macaulay, Commissioning Editor for BBC Wales says “At the heart of Inseparable Sisters lies a story of love, resilience and the true joy of living that shines through Ibrahima and the girls. BBC Wales Today anchor Lucy Owen has followed Marieme and Ndeye’s story for a number of years and we are delighted to have worked with her to share this powerful film with BBC audiences across Wales and the wider network.”
Lucy Owen, producer and BBC Wales Today anchor says “‘I feel truly humbled that this extraordinary family have trusted us to tell their remarkable story. It was Ibrahima’s wish for this film to show the courage of his children and to give hope to other families in similar situations. I hope we have been able to deliver this for him. His selflessness and his realisation that being a parent to these wonderful girls is his life’s purpose, I believe, is an inspiration to all of us.'”.
Produced in-house by BBC Wales for BBC One, Inseparable Sisters is commissioned by Christina Macaulay. Lucy Owen, from BBC Wales Today, serves as both the producer and narrator, while Nick Hartley takes on the roles of filming, producing, and directing the documentary.
Scheduled to air on BBC One, BBC One Wales, and iPlayer next month, Inseparable Sisters promises to deliver a heartwarming and inspiring narrative of love, resilience, and the triumph of the human spirit.