AIIMS doctors begin surgery to separate conjoined twins from Odisha

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today enquired about the health condition of conjoined twins from Kandhamal district, who underwent first phase of operation at the AIIMS, New Delhi for separation of their heads.

Speaking to media persons here today, State Health Minister Pratap Jena said that the surgery started at about 9 am today. A 30-member team of medical professional of AIIMS, which did pre-surgery assessment of the twins, was convinced that the surgery is doable and the brothers have “good” chances of survival, sources said. Apart from experts from Japan, specialists in neurosurgery, cosmetic surgery, cardiology and paediatrics have been roped in to carry out the surgery. “The next phase would be taken up a few days later”, Jena said here.

The expert panel of doctors is now toiling hard to separate the different layers of tissues of the conjoined twins to ensure a successful surgery, while taking care that no harm is inflicted to the twin’s brain tissues and blood circulation system.

The minister said the AIIMS doctors will perform another round of operation after success of todays surgery.

Jaga and Balia had left the state on July 13 along with their parents – Pushpanjali Kanhara and Bhuiya Kanhara.

Odisha government came forward to help the conjoined twins following repeated reports on the plight of Jaga-Balia aired by Kalinga TV.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sanctioned an aid of Rs 1 crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for the twins towards their medical expenses on July 29.

While conjoined twins are known to occur in about every 2,00,000 births, craniopagus twins are rarer still, accounting for about only two per cent.

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