Mother of once conjoined twins thanks New York doctors a decade after they're separated

The Associated Press
August 5, 2014 07:25 AM

FILE. In this Dec. 8, 2004 file photo provided by Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York, brothers Clarence, left, and Carl Aguirre, sit upright unassisted to play. When they were born joined at the head, their mother remembers doctors in the Philippines telling her that she would have to choose which one would live and which would die. But ten years ago doctors at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx were able to save both boys in an operation. (AP Photo/Montefiore Medical Center, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A Filipino woman who gave birth to conjoined twins has thanked the New York doctors involved on the 10th anniversary of the boys' separation.

During a celebration Monday at Montefiore Medical Center, Arlene Aguirre said she put all her trust and hope in the hospital's surgeons.

The 12-year-old twins have not had equal outcomes. Clarence Aguirre is close to being a normal preteen. But his brother Carl has trouble walking and talking.

The boys attended the celebration and guests watched a video of Clarence dancing.

Dr. James Goodrich, the lead surgeon in 2004, called the separation a success. He gave a short lecture on the history of separating conjoined twins.

The family, which is from Salay in the Philippines, lives in the U.S. on a medical visa.


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