Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS,
completed the first separation
of conjoined twins in his native
country of Haiti on May 22.
CBS News first reported on
this surgical milestone June 5.
Dr. Ford, who is a member of the
American College of Surgeons
(ACS) Board of Regents,
assembled a team of more than
two dozen volunteer health
professionals from the U.S. who
trained for months with Haitian
medical staff for the procedure.
The nearly seven-hour operation
separated the six-month-old
girls, Marian and Michelle
Bernard, who were joined at the
abdomen. They left the hospital
in early June, two weeks after
the procedure was completed.
Physicians at University
Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti,
Hospital Los Angeles, when the
mother carrying the conjoined
twins was at 26 weeks gestation.
With careful planning, they were
able to deliver the infants 10
weeks later in November. Dr. Ford
told CBS News it was “extremely
gratifying” to be able to perform
the operation in his home country
alongside Haitian surgeons
whom he helped to train.
In addition to being an ACS
Regent, Dr. Ford serves as a
liaison for the ACS Advisory
Council for Pediatric Surgery,
is a member of the ACS Ethics
Committee, is Past-Chair of
the Nominating Committee,
and is Past-Vice-Chair of the
ACS Board of Governors.
Dr. Ford left Haiti with his
family as a teenager to move
to New York, N Y, but returned
for two weeks after the 2010
earthquake to provide surgical
care to children injured in the
devastation. Since then, Dr. Ford
has returned regularly to provide
medical care to its residents.
The earthquake prompted the
Haitian government to team
up with Partners in Health,
an organization that provides
modern medical care to resource-
poor countries, and which opened
University Hospital in 2013.
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Dr. Henri Ford performs first separation
of conjoined twins in Haiti
Left: Dr. Ford with the Bernard twins. Above: The surgical team.