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Surgeons work to separate 13-month-old conjoined twins Lea and Tabea Block, whose parents brought them to Hopkins from Germany.

Teamwork Times Two
From all corners of the hospital, people came together in a heroic, days-long effort to separate conjoined twins.

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, independent life.”

     
     
 
Briefcase

Weinberg intensive care unit celebrates; platelets in demand; ABX Guide now available on personal digital assistants; new Korean-language Web site.

 
     
     
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At Bayview, a Quartet of Construction Projects
Here’s the dirt: NIH is building its biggest Baltimore building ever at Bayview.
A New Cardiac Enterprise
The Johns Hopkins Cardiac Institute promises a novel approach to patients with cardiovascular disease.

FEATURES
On the Job: Yvonne Langley
A wave from that smiling parking attendant is as warm and welcoming as a cup of coffee.
Time Off: Rafael Tamargo
When a surgeon ties loops that look more like mayflies than sutures, something’s fishy.
The Welch at Your Doorstep
New “touchdown suites” expand the venues of the virtual library.
Allen Walker: Child Advocate
If he had his way, you’d be waiting in a much longer line at the voting booth this November.

pICTURE THIS
This time last year, Paige Craddock and Byron Cooper were working at Hopkins. Now, the two men are serving in Iraq.

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