Doctor: Egyptian twin breathing, moving

Oct. 16, 2003 at 5:22 PM

DALLAS, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- One of the 2-year-old Egyptian twins separated during weekend surgery in Dallas is breathing spontaneously and moving his left arm and leg.

Doctors at Children's Medical Center Dallas are slowly easing Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim out of the drug-induced coma they have been in since they were separated Sunday. The twins were joined at the head and the coma prevented swelling of their brains.

Dr. James Thomas, director of critical care, said Thursday Mohamed is breathing spontaneously and moving his left arm and leg although he is not awake.

"If you pull on a toe, he will try to withdraw his leg," the doctor said.

Thomas said Ahmed appears to be a little behind his brother and seizures were noticed on his right side during the night. He said the medications were immediately adjusted and the medical team is not alarmed about such a sign after major neuosurgery.

"None of the people involved in the boy's care believes this is of major importance, particularly since it was controlled so readily," Thomas said.

Ahmed and Mohamed were born in a remote village 500 miles south of Cairo and flown to Dallas last year to prepare for the weekend surgery that lasted 34 hours.

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