Co-joined twins celebrate 10th anniversary of history-making surgery

Clarence, Carl and Arlene Aguirre with the Montefiore Medical Center physicians who cared for them (l-r): Dr. David Staffenberg, former chief of Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery; Dr. Steven Safyer, president and CEO; Dr. James Goodrich, director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Dr. Robert Marion, chief, Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics; Dr. Philip Ozuah, executive vice president, chief operating officer.
Photo courtesy of Montefiore

Formerly conjoined twins Carl and Clarence Aguirre celebrated the 10th anniversary of their separation operation recently with the medical team that successfully separated and cared for them at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). The twins had been joined at the head, a condition known as craniopagus twins. At the time, the operation was one of the first successfully staged separations of craniopagus twins in the world.

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