Conjoined Twins Who Were Joined at the Head Doing Well 10 Years After Separation Surgery

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 5, 2014   |   6:57PM   |   Washington, DC

At over the years, we’ve profiled a number of conjoined twins. In some cases, parents of the twins were given suggestions by doctors to have an abortion. In other cases, the babies were given a chance at life and they were unable to be separated because their unique medical situation made it medically dangerous to perform the surgery, which could have placed their lives at risk.

In those later cases like Tatiana and Christa, who are joined at the head, while some people in society would view them as “freaks” who have a low “quality of life,” they can see through each others’ eyes and they totally support each other physically and emotionally.

Arlene Aguirre, Clarence Aguirre, Carl AguirreHere’s another case of conjoined twins displaying the beauty of life, who are doing well 10 years after they were successfully separated.

From the New York Times:

Their identical white helmets are a special reminder that they were once among the rarest of even Siamese twins — and saved by Bronx doctors who worked a miracle.

To mark the 10th anniversary of their historic separation, Carl and Clarence Aguirre, 12, and their beaming mother on Monday celebrated with the staffers at Montefiore Medical Center who performed surgery on the boys.

Clarence “loves to dance,’’ mom Arlene Aguirre told The Post.

And Carl is always polite, she added proudly, remembering to say “thank you’’ even though he can speak only a few words.

Conjoined Twins 10 YearsLife hasn’t been easy for the twins, who were born with a “bridge’’ connecting their brains. It took four surgeries over nine months to successfully be divided.

Arlene, a single mother, gave birth to the conjoined twins in her native Philippines, where doctors told her the boys would not survive.

But everything changed for her and her babies when the charity Children’s Chances and Montefiore stepped in. The charity flew them over, and Montefiore performed the surgery, for free.

till, while the surgeries saved the boys’ lives, Carl was left with severe disabilities that left him wheelchair-bound.

He can only speak a few words and suffers from periodic seizures that require him to be “closely monitored,” according to the boys’ pediatrician, Dr. Robert Marion.

Meanwhile, Clarence functions as a normal pre-teen with “excellent health” who loves Michael Jackson, high fives, anything that has do with superheroes, especially Batman, and dancing.

He’s already thinking about what he wants to do when he grows up.