BALTIMORE — Twins born joined at the back of their heads could remain hospitalized for up to six months as doctors deal with post-operative care as complicated as the surgery that separated them, it was reported Sunday.
The twins suffered some brain damage during the surgery, doctors said.
Since the 22-hour operation that parted the twins, 8-month-old Patrick and Benjamin Binder have been besieged with complications, said Dr. Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon.
"Some days it looks like you can see the clearing, but some days it looks like you're deep in the woods," said Carson, who performed the delicate separation of their scalps, skulls and veins Sept. 6 at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Since then, the boys from Ulm, West Germany, have made repeated trips to surgery--at least nine times between them--for skin grafts, cleaning of their wounds, insertion of new intravenous feeding tubes and draining of excess spinal fluid that their separate bodies now have difficulty absorbing naturally.