On October 11th, 2003,
Craniofacial surgeons Kenneth Salyer, M.D., and David Genecov, M.D. set
their skills to work separating conjoined twins Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim.
World wide attention was focused on the medical center including an impressive
media contingent on site waiting for news about the progress of the two-year
A week previous the hospital
itself underwent emergency surgery
to replace 125
feet of collapsed 6" sewer lines. The access point for this operation
was the central courtyard, right where the media would be located a week
later to cover the high-profile operation of the twins!
A unique challenge with
this job was that access to the courtyard was narrow and inaccessible
to traditional heavy equipment. unless it were to be lifted in by helicopter.
Our systems are lightweight, collapsible and
therefore portable and were able to be hand-carried into the courtyard
This was a short-time,
critical job that required crews to be working round-the-clock. The courtyard
surfacing had to be removed and a 20 foot deep pit needed to be hand-dug
and shored in highly compacted soil. Because the sewer line was completely
collapsed, rods had to be punched through in order to run chain for the