Surgeons separate conjoinedGerman twins; one dies

16th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

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 reported as critical by officials at Johns Hopkins Children's Centre. The operation on Lea and Tabea Block began on Saturday, but was interrupted after 15 hours when medical complications forced doctors to abandon the surgery. The girls were kept under anaesthesia since then to prevent any damage to the brain caused by uncontrolled

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 reported as critical by officials at Johns Hopkins Children's Centre.

The operation on Lea and Tabea Block began on Saturday, but was interrupted after 15 hours when medical complications forced doctors to abandon the surgery. The girls were kept under anaesthesia since then to prevent any damage to the brain caused by uncontrolled movements.

Tabea did not survive the operation.

Conjoined twins fused at the heads are the most difficult to separate and their chances of surviving the operation were put at about 50 percent before the operation began.

DPA

Subject: German news

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