I have to wonder about the bleeding....didn't scans and tests prior to the surgery show where all the major blood vessels were? Wouldn't the doctor have KNOWN he was cutting through a major artery?
The scans were very good, but there are limitations. For example, they had no idea how thick the bone was until they attempted to cut it, and the scans didn't reveal how closely fused the two brains had become. This was all unexpected. The twins had one major artery supplying their brains with blood, so they had to construct a new one for one of them. That one became occluded, so then they had to make a second one. Also, the microcirculation in the brain is very complex--there are so many vessels, it was impossible to see on a scan and impossible to avoid when trying to cut through the fused tissue.
I have been following the twins for about a year, and followed their surgery. I went to sleep, reading that the operation was so far a success, and then woke up the next morning and they were gone. I cried, and felt awful. Even though I don't know these women, I was so moved by their determination and courage, and their strength. Their dream was to live independent lives, at any cost.
I was so sure that it would work out well. Everything seemed to be going well for them. After years of trying to get separated, technology had finally advanced to the point where they stood a chance. They had a wonderful team of international surgeons, including the renowned Ben Carson from Johns Hopkins; a great support team of 100 persons; the hospital and doctors all waived their fees, and the Iranian govt gave $300,000 for their post-op care. They had millions praying for them. It was such a shock that they didn't make it. I mean, I know there was a tremendous risk involved, but still, everything seemed in their favor.
I hope at least that through this attempt, the medical community has learned more about the brain, and about this kind of surgery, and that it may be used to help someone else.
I am awed by the courage of Laleh and Laden. They have inspired me to get off my butt and start seriously moving to make my own dreams come true.:angel2: