Egyptian twins may be released any day

March 23, 2004 at 5:38 PM
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DALLAS, March 23 (UPI) -- The formerly conjoined Egyptian twins are expected to be released from a Dallas hospital any day to stay in a nearby apartment with their parents.

Mohamed and Ahmed Ibrahim will undergo reconstructive surgery on their skulls later this year but a date has not been set. In the meantime, they will be allowed to live nearby in an apartment with their parents.

Sue Blackwood, director of the World Craniofacial Foundation, said Tuesday the boys are making amazing progress. They are learning to stand and walk during therapy sessions at Medical City Dallas Hospital.

The boys were separated last October during 33 hours of surgery at Children's Hospital Dallas. They were joined at the crowns of their heads, which is very rare among conjoined twins, according to doctors.

Surgeons, hospitals, and medical specialty vendors have contributed millions of dollars of services free of charge, Blackwood said. The boys were born nearly three years ago in a remote village about 500 miles south of Cairo.

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