NBC'S ANN CURRY REPORTS ON THE AGUIRRE TWINS' PROMISING RECOVERY PROCESS SINCE THEIR SUCCESSFUL SEPARATION IN AUGUST 2004 � 'DATELINE NBC,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
NEW YORK -� October 1, 2004 -� In a "Dateline NBC" exclusive, Ann Curry reports on the Aguirre twins' promising recovery process since their successful separation in August 2004. Doctors recently separated the Aguirre twins using an unconventional approach � a series of operations, rather than the usual, modern-day method � one marathon surgery.
The doctors were inspired in part by a surgery done 52 years earlier on conjoined twin babies Rodney and Roger Brodie. Not only was this the first multistage surgery used to separate twins joined at the head, it was also the first time that a separated twin joined at the head survived for any length - Rodney lived comfortably for 11 years before passing. After the Brodie twins' mother saw "Dateline NBC's" first broadcast on the Aguirres, she wrote a touching letter of encouragement to Arlene. And in an effort to bridge history, "Dateline NBC" arranged for the meeting between Arlene Aguirre, the mother of Clarence and Carl, and 82-year-old Marge Brodie, the mother of Rodney and Roger, so they could share their unique experiences with one another.
In addition, the exclusive report, to be broadcast on Friday, Oct. 1 (8:00 PM, ET), documents the rehabilitation efforts underway to push Carl and Clarence forward. Doctors are certain that someday, sooner than later, the boys will walk.
David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."