German twins separated by US surgeons; one dies
German twins separated by US surgeons; one dies.
16 September 2004
BALTIMORE - One of two conjoined one-year-old girls died Thursday during an operation to separate the German twins and the condition of the surviving girl was described as critical but stable by officials at Johns Hopkins Children's Centre.
The operation on Lea and Tabea Block from Lemgo in Germany began on Saturday, but was interrupted when medical complications forced doctors to abandon the surgery.
The girls were kept under anaesthesia to prevent any damage to the brain caused by uncontrolled movements before surgery was resumed at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Tabea died shortly after the operation to separate the twins was completed after 18 hours at 12:15 a.m. Thursday.
Lea was in critical but stable condition and "doing well" in the hospital's paediatric intensive care unit.
A spokesman for the team of neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson said the hospital had "great hope that Lea will remain strong, recover well and grow into a healthy young girl".
Conjoined twins fused at the heads are the most difficult to separate and their chances of survival were put at about 50 percent before the operation began.
Subject: German news