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Twins separated in landmark op


Thursday, August 5, 2004 Posted: 1:29 AM EDT (0529 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Surgeons in New York say they have successfully separated two-year-old Filipino twins who were conjoined at the head.

☆ Filipino 菲律宾人

More than twelve hours into the operation doctors teased apart the adjacent portions of Carl and Clarence Aguirre's brains, a Montefiore hospital statement said.

The brothers -- who were born in the southern Philippines and arrived in America in mid-September -- survived the procedure, but doctors warned that several more hours of delicate and difficult surgery is still needed.

☆ mid-September 九月中旬

The 16-member medical team was able to separate the shared system of veins that drained blood from the brothers' brains.

☆ drain 排出

After the procedure the twins' head-to-head operating tables were pulled apart slightly, the statement said.

☆ operating table 手术台

Because of the network of delicate veins located in the back of the brain, the work to isolate and separate them was meticulous and time-consuming.

☆ meticulous 小心翼翼
   time-consuming
耗时的

It is the first time conjoined twins have been separated in a multi-stage procedure.

☆ multistage 多阶段

Instead of opting for the typical marathon two-day operation, doctors in this case chose four shorter procedures over ten months.

☆ opt for 选择

Doctors chose this approach because it meant a shorter time under anesthesia and a lower risk of massive bleeding and injury to the brain.

☆ anesthesia 麻醉

The time between procedures also allowed the twins to recover physically from the blood-vessel separation and to undergo rehabilitation and physical therapy, the doctors added.

☆ rehabilitation 康复,康复治疗