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DALLAS - For the first time in his life, 2-year-old Mohamed Ibrahim gazed upon his formerly conjoined twin brother's face Friday.
Egyptian twins Mohamed and Ahmed were born conjoined at the crown of their heads and were separated during a 34-hour surgery Oct. 11-12 in Dallas.
Caregivers put Mohamed in a red wagon and wheeled him into his brother's hospital room at Children's Medical Center of Dallas Friday morning for their first face-to-face visit.
"He was clearly delighted by the ride, and when he saw his brother for the first time since surgery 14 days ago, he stared at him intently," Dr. James Thomas said in a statement. "Those present for the encounter, including his parents, indicated that Mohamed appeared to recognize his brother."
Ahmed has been recovering more slowly than his brother but was upgraded from critical to serious condition Friday.
He began physical and occupational therapy, and the recurring swelling in his throat has cleared up, doctors said.
Meanwhile, Mohamed had his lumbar drain removed and continues to make progress during therapy sessions, doctors said. He had another low-grade fever and was put back on antibiotics but showed no signs of infection.
"Both the boys' family and the medical staff are happy about the twins' progress," said Thomas, who has been overseeing their recovery.
"Today was a special day for both boys."
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