Blythedale doctors say conjoined twins are ready to undergo separation surgery

Clarence and Carl Aguirre, who were born in the Phillipines joined at the head, have been at Blythedale Hospital since September and now they are ready for surgery.

Doctors at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla have been working hard to prepare the twins for the delicate separation surgery, which will take place on Monday at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Doctors at Blythedale say since the twins came to the hospital they have put on weight and are now better prepared for the surgery.

Although the 18-month-old twins are joined at the head, their brains are separate. The problem is that the veins and arteries that carry the blood supply to their brains are connected. Dr. James Goodrich says doing the separation surgery in stages should allow the team to create separate blood supply routes.

With the success of the recent separation of Egyptian twins in Texas last week, the team of doctors set to perform surgery on Clarence and Carl is cautiously optimistic they will have the same success.

Doctors say following surgery, the twins will need months of therapy to help them recover and learn to function separately.

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