Montefiore in the News
Carl and Clarence Sleeping Better at Night One Month After Tonsils and Adenoids Removed
New York City, NY, (January 13, 2005) -- Carl and Clarence Aguirre, the formerly conjoined Filipino twins, are sleeping better at night and much more active during the day, their Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) pediatrician Robert Marion, MD, reports. "The surgeries, last month at CHAM to remove their tonsils and adenoids were very effective," Dr. Marion said. "The boys' sleep apnea is gone and because they're sleeping through the night they're now much more active during the day," he reports.
Dr. Marion also says, "Carl and Clarence are also eating much better by mouth since feeding tubes in their nose were replaced by tubes going directly into their stomachs." "The tubes are only being used to give the boys their medications and for nutritional supplements but they're getting used to eating more solids by mouth," he said. The boys had been fed only through the nose tubes since they arrived in the United States a year ago this past September, joined at the tops of their heads and forced to lie on their backs due to their conditions. The twins were successfully separated this past August in the fourth in a series of historic surgeries to separate them.
Carl and Clarence are currently continuing speech, occupational and nutrition therapies at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Westchester, preparing for a new series of procedures at CHAM to completely reconstruct their skulls, probably this coming spring.