Twins-First phase operation ‘successful’

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Conjoined twins-First phase operation ‘successful’




New Delhi,29/08/17:The first phase operation to separate the conjoined twins Jaga and Balia of Kandhamal district took about 20 hours and nearly 50 doctors, including a specialist from Japan conducted the operation in three phases, informed AIIMS, New Delhi neurosurgeon Prof Ashok Kumar Mohapatra.


State Health Minister Pratap Jena here in Bhubaneswar said that the operation was successful and Jaga and Balia are stable now.


“Operation process began at 5 am on Monday with the twins being administered with anesthesia. The operation started 10.30 am on Monday and ended on 6 am on Tuesday. They (Jaga and Balia) were brought out of the operation theatre at 8 am and now kept on ventilator in the ICU,” said Mohapatra. The twins will be kept under observation for 24 to 96 hours.


He said that seeing the success of the first phase operation of the twins, the next phase operation will be conducted after a month.


Japan physician Dr K Taki Jawa was part of the 50-memebr doctors’ team.


Apart from Japanese medical experts, a slew of specialists from different departments like neurosurgery, cosmetic surgery, cardiology and paediatrics were also engaged in the surgery.


Although the hospital authorities are yet to give any information about the success of the operation, AIIMS authorities will inform the media about the crucial separation today afternoon, sources said.


Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also spoke to Prof Mohapatra over phone yesterday and enquired about the surgery’s progress. Prof Mohapatra is one of the key members of the team.


The twins Jaga and Balia, hailing from Milipada under Phingiria police station Kandhamal aged two years and three months, respectively are striving for a normal life just like other kids. The toddlers are joined from their heads by birth. In medical term, kids with such sort of deformity are known as 'craniopagus conjoint twins,'- an extremely rare condition found in 1 in 2.5 million births in the world.




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