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8isenough
10-20-2010, 07:43 PM
I am trying to help my daughter with some school work. She read a book on the Binder twins that Dr Ben Carson separated. They were conjoined at the back of their heads. Anyway...we have tried googeling them and we cannot find out what happened to them. Does anyone know if they are still alive? TIA

sunset
10-20-2010, 07:57 PM
From Dr. Carson's book, Gifted Hands, he wrote that the parents had a contractural agreement with Bunte magazine, so that he couldn't write anything about the progress of the twins after they left Johns Hopkins. On February 2, 1989, he writes that the two separated boys celebrated their second birthdays.

Perhaps you could search for that magazine. I don't know if it is in English though...

deallover
10-20-2010, 08:46 PM
I've found a few articles that said they survived, but I don't know how accurate they are:

From 2004--

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/dome/0410/top_story.cfm

"Carson had been involved in separating four such sets of twins. In two of those cases, both twins died. In the other two, the children survived, including the Binder twins, who were separated here in 1987."

From 2009---

http://buzzlinker.blogspot.com/2009/02/binder-twins.html

"There were many difficulties during the procedure. In the end the surgery became a success. The only downfall was that the two children had to be institutionalized after the procedure due to the brain damage suffered."

From September 1987--

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,965546,00.html"

"Preliminary tests have shown that both boys can move all four limbs independently and are sensitive to pain. That, doctors noted, was a good omen: it signaled that Patrick's and Benjamin's nervous systems so far seemed intact."

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,965546-3,00.html#ixzz12xQV2B8g