Doctors resume bid to separate conjoined twins

September 16, 2004|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

The surgical separation of conjoined twins resumed at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center yesterday, with doctors working late into the night to disconnect a critical tangle of blood vessels and "tease apart" brain tissue.

In an update at 11 p.m., a hospital spokeswoman said surgeons were still working to separate the delicate brain tissue of 13-month-olds Lea and Tabea Block of Germany.

The surgery, which started at 6 a.m., was expected to last several more hours. The twins were "doing well."

A German news magazine with exclusive rights to the story reported on its Web site that it was taking longer to separate the girls because their brains were closer together than expected. "It now turns out that the brains won't be separated until midnight," Stern's Web site reported.

Led by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, the marathon operation was halted Saturday night after the vital signs of one of the twins became unstable.

The pair was moved to the intensive care unit and kept under general anesthesia before being returned to the operating room yesterday.

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