Medicine

Separated Conjoined Odisha Twin Condition 'Critical' After Over 17 Hours of Surgery

Separated Conjoined Odisha Twin Condition 'Critical' After Over 17 Hours of Surgery

The vital parameters of the other twin, Kalia, are normal.

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

Blood is being transfused in them and their condition is stable, the doctor said.

Asked if the chances of survival for both the kids were the same, Mahapatra said that Jaga was more fragile health-wise and his condition was more critical now.

"We thank Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for granting Rs. 1 core towards the surgery of the conjoined twins Jaga and Balia from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund", said Dr. Mohapatra while talking to journalists on Wednesday. "His kidney functioning is improving but his heart functioning is still low", Dr Gupta said. The 28-month-old twins, who were joined from their heads, were successfully separated after an 18-hour-long surgery.

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They said the most challenging aspect of the surgery was to provide skin that could cover both sides of the brain for the children. A team of around 30 specialists from the institute's neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery departments performed the marathon surgery.

"The twins are being kept in the ICU of AIIMS Hospital under direct observation of expert doctors", he further added.

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.

The condition is known as "craniopagus", and those born with it have a 50% chance of survival for the first 24 hours.


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