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 old boys.
week previous the hospital itself underwent emergency surgery…
to replace 200 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!
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. Pipe Genie
systems are lightweight, collapsible and therefore portable
and were able to be hand-carried into the courtyard worksite.
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 pull.