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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Peace Corps to cut ranks WASHINGTON (AP) The Peace Corps has started plans to drop about half its over- seas volunteers in thp wake of congressional anproval of an ao- proprialinns bill far hirer than renuested. If carrier? oul, (he plans would force cancellation of programs in as many as 15 countries. Joseph A. niatchford, direclor of (h? aironev which oversees Ilir- Pence Corps, ordered to- day prcparaiio'i for rlrnppinR about workers in 55 coun- tries, niatchford lonk (he action. It was understood, liecausc Con- press not onlv refused to afipro- priale the S82 million the Nixon administration reourslcd for the pnxrr.im hut oil funds In n lovel one official sairl was "jusl one step above pnllinp us out of business altogether." MEN'S INSTRUCTOR SKI JACKET A nylon jacket with all little extras extra length, double closure, flap patch pockets, adjustable buckle belt! ll's wind-and-waterproof and cozy warm. Assorted colours in sizes 36-46. EACH Always Popular! Men's Corduroy Norfolk Jacket A. Midwale corduroy looks great warm Orion pile lining feels great! Buckled belt, 2 front patch button- flap pockets, 3-bulton clos- ure. Dark Brown, Bronze. 10 THE LETHBKIDCE HERALD Thursday, January 4, 1972 Babies to be parted EDMONTON (CP) Operat- ing-room teams arc working out the final procedures for an oper- ation Sunday to separate Cyn- thia and Christine, Siamese twins. Dr. Reuben pedia- trician for the girls, told a news conference Wednesday a final "rehearsal" will be held Satur- day. Doctors and staff have had several conferences on the oper- ation procedure. "We have every hope of sepa- rating them so they can live healthy, normal he said. The twins, bom Oct. 28, are joined by a small band of tissue between the bottom of the breastbone and the navel. How- ever, the doctor said the surgi- cal team is confident almost all the body systems are separate. "I don't think the operation Itself is a particularly difficult one. It's (he uniqueness of the case itself that makes it seem so." The operation will take about three hours, Dr. Weinberg said. Two sets of general surgeons will operale, two doctors to each twin. A specialist in chest surgery and a plastic surgeon will be on hand, as well as Dr. Weinberg and the doctor who delivered the babies. There also will be two anes- thesiologists, several nurses and laboratory technicians. In all, there will be about 20 persons involved in the opera- tion. MAKE SPECIAL SUPPORTS Dr. Weinberg showed the news conference special sup- ports made to hold the twins in position for the operalion. The baby-sized supports are shaped like facing letters Rs. The babies will be bound onto the supports securely, so they can be lifted onto separate tables, each with her own team, after they are separated. The operation to close the wounds will be carried out in separate operating rooms. Dr. Weinberg said the proce- dure, including the use of the H-shaped supports, is the same as has been used in operations to separate Siamese twins in the past. It is similar to one performed lest April in Toronto to separate Heather and Kriston, Canada's only surviving conjoint twins. The Toronto twins, now eight months old and healthy, also were joined face-to-face at the abdomen. But Dr. Weinberg said Cyn- thia and Christine do not have as large a band joining them. TISSUE .JOINS LIVERS There likely is a small band of liver tissue joining the two livers, but Dr. Weinberg said the surgeons are reasonably certain each child has its own complete liver system. There is a possibility some part of the breastbone may be shared by the twins, 'which will make the operation more diffi- cult. The possibility that there is a common chest cavity also exists. 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