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May, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 05

Upledger Foundation Coordinates Fundraiser to Pay for Egyptian Twins' Separation Surgery

By Editorial Staff

The Upledger Foundation is coordinating urgent fundraising efforts to raise money for the separation surgery of 22-month-old conjoined Egyptian twins Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim.1 The twins, born June 2, 2001, are conjoined at the crown of the head - the rarest type of conjunction - and are not expected to survive much longer without the operation.

Although doctors are waiving their fees, the surgery is expected to cost as much as $2 million, and officials from the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, where the procedure is to be performed, have stated that the surgery could be delayed or canceled unless $125,000 is raised to help offset the costs.

Doctors have indicated that delaying surgery could decrease the twins' chances at a full recovery, because the healing process becomes increasingly difficult as they get older.

Neither the medical center nor the World Craniofacial Foundation, which is sponsoring the twins, can afford to pay for the procedure.

Twins receiving multihands CranioSacral Therapy from Upledger Institute therapists. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark The twins began interacting more after receiving "multihands" CranioSacral Therapy from Upledger Institute therapists. Clockwise from left: Francine Hammond, LMT, CST-D; Sally Fryer, PT, CST; Rebecca Flowers Giles, OTR, SCP, CST-D; and Lisa Upledger, DC. The twins underwent intensive CranioSacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute last September to help their brains begin to function independently.2 Noticeable improvements in the boys' individual dispositions, digestive systems, and motor skills were observed upon completion of the treatment.

The boy's father, Ibrahim Mohamed Ibrahim, says he wants the boys separated, "so they can have a chance to live like any other human beings," but that he will still feel blessed if the necessary funds cannot be raised. "My family will love them as always."3

The Upledger Foundation is asking for tax-deductible donations to help underwrite the cost of the surgery. Donations can be made online by credit card (www.upledger.com) or by check, payable to The Upledger Foundation: 11211 Prosperity Farms Rd., D-223, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418-3487. For more information, please call (561) 624-3888.

References

  1. Press release from the Upledger Institute, April 3, 2003.
  2. Upledger Institute helps prepare conjoined Egyptian twins for surgery. Massage Today, Oct. 2002. www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/10/01.html.
  3. Operation to separate twins "will happen." Hospital: surgery "on hold," but donations coming in. CNN.com, April 3, 2003.

 

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