Separate fates

February 26, 2009 § 3 Comments

Peter and Nelly Block with their twin daughters. Photo: Keith Weller © Johns Hopkins Magazine

Peter and Nelly Block with their twin daughters. Photo: Keith Weller © Johns Hopkins Magazine.

Just read a brilliant article from a 2005 issue of the Johns Hopkins Magazine, describing an operation to separate two conjoined twins.

Full of suspense and surgical insight, it is one of the most well written descriptions of surgery I’ve ever read. It had me on the edge of my seat and, being a father myself, it almost moved me to tears.

It’s a detailed deconstruction of the difficult steps in a 30 hour long operation to separate the two 10 month old twin girls. Like no other piece I’ve read, it puts across an understanding of the important tasks of all the professions in the surgical team, from the scrub tech to the anesthesiologist. Read it!

Thanks to T for the tip.

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§ 3 Responses to Separate fates

  • sadat sayon says:

    i’m doing a research project on ben carson and i’m writing about the binder twins. i wanted to know how old r they now and where a they now

    • Øystein says:

      This article is about a German family called Block. Only one of the twins survived the operation, and she would be about 6 now (the article says they were born in 2003).

    • teshawna b says:

      there is nothin you can find on the binder twins i advise u to write about the way they were separated i bet u will get some points

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