Condition of Jaga, Kalia now stable


BJD leader and MP Baijayant Panda also wished safe recuperation of twins--Jaga and Kalia-from Malipada village of Kandhamal district. Doctors have said that a third surgery to graft their skull bones and cover the exposed brain will be attempted in a couple of years.

Odisha's Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena said the twins were now kept under observation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after the surgery which concluded in the early hours today.

Bhubaneswar: Following the separation surgery of craniopagus twins Jaga-Kalia at AIIMS New Delhi, their health condition is stated to be stable now.

"Jaga's health condition is improving faster than that of Kalia".

"One of the twins is on intermittent hemodialysis which means he is undergoing dialysis once a day. There were many challenges in this surgery which were never seen before", All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Neurosurgery Department chief A.K. Mahapatra told the media here. "According to AIIMS doctors, it will take some more days for the twins to be completely stable", said Jena. The medical condition of being joined at the heads is known as craniopagus conjoined twins which is a rare condition, which afflicts one in 30 lakh children, of which 50 per cent die either at birth or within 24 hours.

The first phase of the surgery, where experts from Japan were also present, was done on August 28.

Though the Odisha government has sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the surgery at AIIMS, the institution said that they are not charging the parents for several procedures and treatment.

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