Fundraiser Set Up For Donations - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Fundraiser Set Up For Donations

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland hospital is starting a fundraising
effort to help pay for surgeries that will separate three-year-old
twin girls who were born connected at the head.


The girls, who are from Italy, have been in Dallas for more than
two years being evaluated for separation surgery. They are
scheduled to arrive at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in
Cleveland in April.


Doctors will separate the girls in stages. The separation
carries risks, but doctors say the twins cannot continue to live as
they are.


Medical costs for the surgeries are expected to exceed three (m)
million dollars.


Hospital officials say donations will be accepted at KeyBank
branches in northeast Ohio or on the hospital's Web site. Any money
left over will be used to help other children needing neurological
and craniofacial procedures.

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