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Conjoined Twins Separated in BR (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-01-11

Duration: 00:04:13

Subjects: Health | Newborn infants | Conjoined twins


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Peek, Jane Interviewee
  • Armstrong, Paulsen Interviewee


This segment from the January 11, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the birth of Michael and Matthew Morris, the first set of conjoined twins born in Baton Rouge. Ekings reports that the twins, who were joined at the abdomen, were successfully separated four days after their birth. She interviews Dr. Jane Peek, the obstetrician who delivered the twins, and Dr. Paulsen Armstrong, the pediatric surgeon who separated them. Host: Beth Courtney