Conjoined twins from Phillipines arrive in Westchester to prepare for surgery

A pair of conjoined twins from the Philippines arrived Wednesday afternoon at Blythedale Childrens Hospital in Valhalla to prepare for a delicate surgery that would separate them. This is the first time an operation of this magnitude is being attempted in New York State.

Clarence and Carl Aguire were born joined at the top of their heads. Doctors hope to perform a series of surgeries to separate the boys.

The children will spend the next four to six weeks at Blythedale. Dr. James Goodrich plans to lead a team of neurosurgeons in a series of operations to separate the twins. But many tests need to be done before he'll even know if it will be possible for separation.

In July, conjoined Iranian twins were the first adults to undergo a similar procedure, but they died after 50 hours of surgery. Doctors say children have better chances at rerouting neuro-connections and can recover more easily.

The boys' mother will be able to stay with them at Blythedale. If all goes well, the surgery will be performed at the end of October at the Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx.After surgery, the twins will come back to Blythedale for rehab.

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