In order to separate these two babies, who were joined at the chest, one had to die. The doctors told their story to a group of health writers last year. One detail stood out: when the babies were rolled into the operating room, each one was holding a rattle. Free, but registration required.
Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, the MGH pediatric cardiologist involved in a difficult separation of conjoined twin girls, remembers a painful moment on the day of surgery. When the joined babies were rolled into the OR, each was holding a rattle. He and the others knew: only one of them would leave the operating room alive. … Continue reading Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive