craniopagus twins

Black history month day 22: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson Sr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1951. When he was eight, his parents separated and he moved with his mother and brother to his mother’s sister’s home. Carson’s mother struggled with severe depression, resulting in several psychiatric hospitalizations and an attempted suicide. She was however very involved with her sons’ education, limiting their time watching television and requiring them to read and write book reports on two library books per week.

Carson had dreams of being a doctor since he was eight. He did well in school and scored very highly on the SAT for the Detroit school district. When it came time to choose a college, he narrowed the choice between Harvard or Yale, but could only for the $10 application fee for one school. He chose Yale after seeing them win a televised G.E. college bowl against Harvard. He received a full scholarship. Later he attended medical school at the university of Michigan and was excepted into the neurosurgery program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. He was indisputably a pioneer in neurosurgery, his achievements including performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head, the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, and the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins. He also developed new methods to treat brain-stem tumors and improved techniques for controlling seizures. At age 33 he became the youngest head of pediatric neurosurgery in the country. He has written over 100 neurosurgical publications and received numerous accolades, including over 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

I had this crazy hella creepy idea for an au where Mabel and Dipper are craniopagus twins, conjoined twins being connected at the head.

They share the same thoughts, see through each others eyes (optionally), taste with the same mouth, smell with the same nose etc etc and don’t have any trouble walking around on foot. though Stan might like to keep them out of public.

eheh bits of the information is kinda exaggerated for the sake of it all looking cooler and being a creepy concept but yeah WOWHA HAOHAMAHBL

Ladan (left and Laleh Bijani, the Iranian conjoined twins Dr Ben Carson and others operated on in an attempt to separate them in 2003

Ladan and Laleh Bijani, who were joined at the head, were twenty-nine years old when they decided to be separated. The separation of adult craniopagus twins had never been attempted because the outcome was almost certain to be death for both patients. Even Carson, ever the optimist, was not sure what the results would be. He tried to talk the two women out of surgery, but after many discussions with them, he agreed to move forward. Ladan and Laleh had law degrees, were extremely bright and, according to Carson, they knew exactly what was in store for them.

Carson and a team of more than one hundred surgeons, specialists, and assistants conducted the fifty-two hour operation on July 8, 2003, in Singapore. They used a 3-D imaging technique that Carson had developed for the Banda operation. The computerised images allowed the team to practice “virtually” before the operation and allowed them to follow a computerised reconstruction of the twins’ brains during surgery. Midway through the operation, however, complications set in, and Ladan and Laleh both died because of severe blood loss. 

Craniopagus twins Yvonne and Yvette McCarther were born in Los Angeles California to their mother Willa McCarther. Straight after birth, many people confronted her about the possibilities of offering the infants to perform in show business. The mother clearly declined these offers, but turned back on her word once she found she was too poor to pay for their hospital bills. After six months of touring with the circus, they gained enough money to pay off bills and take the children back home.

Later on into adult life, they spent their time as successful gospel singers and toured to various churches across the nation. The sisters grew to become very close and got along well. Although conjoined, interestingly enough they referred themselves as “I” as opposed to “we”.