Joined at birth, Filipino kids now worlds apart

Photo by  Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News

Photo by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News

By Carla Gomez/Inquirer Visayas – People still do a double take to tell one from the other.

But after the successful operation of the celebrated conjoined twins 10 years ago, they are now worlds apart and are living separate lives.

There will be ice cream and cake for Negrense twins Carl and Clarence Aguirre—born conjoined at the head—when they celebrate 10 years of separation at their home in Scarsdale, New York, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), their mother Arlene said.

“The people coming to the party are Filipino friends, doctors, nurses and friends of Clarence and Carl,” she told the Inquirer.

On Monday, Arlene thanked the New York doctors who successfully conducted the surgical separation of her sons at the 10th anniversary of the medical milestone at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

The boys were separated on Aug. 4, 2004, after four surgeries in a space of nine months by a team of medical specialists led by Dr. James Goodrich, a pediatric neurosurgeon.
“The party [at the hospital on Monday] was great. We saw the medical team again. And everybody was happy to see us. It was great to have that celebration to mark their milestone,” Arlene said.

The boys attended the celebration, which was highlighted by a video clip showing Clarence dancing.

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