Surgeons work to separate 13-month-old
conjoined twins Lea and Tabea Block, whose parents brought
them to Hopkins from Germany.
From all corners of the hospital,
people came together in a heroic, days-long effort to separate
Late in the day, on the afternoon of Sept. 16, the team
that separated 13-month-old conjoined twins Lea and Tabea
Block reassembled to face the media in a crowded conference
room packed with camera crews.
This was to have been an exuberant occasion, but the mood
was grim. Only hours before, very early that morning, Tabea
had died after separation. “I speak for the whole
team in saying we are deeply saddened by Tabea’s passing,”
said Ben Carson, who had led the team. “We have high
hopes for Lea, who now has a good chance at leading a healthy,