Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

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

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

BJD leader and MP Baijayant Panda also wished safe recuperation of twins--Jaga and Kalia-from Malipada village of Kandhamal district.

"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.

New Delhi- Odisha's craniopagus (joined at the head) infant twins were successfully separated at the AIIMS here in a 16-hour surgery but the 30-member medical team on Thursday seemed sceptical about survival of one of the kids, in view of his deteriorating health. "The health condition of Jaga has improved faster than Balia", Jena told reporters.

"One of the twins is on intermittent hemodialysis which means he is undergoing dialysis once a day".

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Doctors said the most challenging job after the separation was to "provide a skin cover on both sides of the brain for the children as the surgery had left large holes on their heads".

They were separated after a marathon surgery that lasted around 11 hours at the AIIMS on October 25. A team of 30 doctors from various departments, including neurosurgery, neuro-anesthesia, and paediatrics, undertook the second phase of the surgery, which was India's first craniopagus surgery.

The first phase of the surgery, where experts from Japan were also present, was done on August 28. The twins were admitted to AIIMS on July 13.

Previously, two similar operations took place in the country, but both times the children involved died during the procedure.

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