Egyptian twins gaining strength

Nov. 12, 2003 at 11:56 AM

DALLAS, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The formerly conjoined Egyptian twins are in good condition and gaining strength more than a month after separation surgery in Dallas.

Ahmed Ibrahim was upgraded to good condition Tuesday after additional surgery to insert a shunt in his back to remove spinal fluid. His brother, Mohamed, continues to make faster progress than his brother but doctors are not concerned.

"They have been visiting each other daily," said Dr. James Thomas, chief of critical care services at Children's Medical Center Dallas. "Mohamed's back and neck muscles are getting stronger, and he has taught himself to say 'Uh-oh' with that sing-song voice toddlers use to announce an accident. When adults laugh and imitate him, he breaks out in giggles."

Ahmed appears much more comfortable after his shunt surgery last Wednesday. He is in a much better mood than he was during the weekend, which Thomas said is probably a reflection of how he feels physically.

Both boys are being fitted for their protective headgear this week and they continue to receive scores of get-well wishes from around the world.

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