Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Odisha's Jaga and Balia in stable condition in AIIMS

Odisha's Jaga and Balia in stable condition in AIIMS

The vital parameters of Kalia is normal, but he is yet to gain consciousness, the doctor said, adding, "He is under observation".

Bhubaneswar: The health condition of separated conjoined twins Jaga and Balia following second phase surgery at AIIMS in New Delhi is stable, informed Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena here today.

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A senior doctor quoted by news agency PTI said Jaga and Kalia, the 28-month-old twins, are on ventilator and their condition is still critical. "But there was not much improvement in the health condition of Kalia".

Even before the operation they had defeated the odds; craniopagus occurs in one in three million births, and 50% of those affected die within 24 hours, doctors say. "His kidney functioning is improving but his heart functioning is still low", Dr Gupta said. Randeep Guleria, the director of AIIMS, had earlier said that though the twins have been separated, the next 18 days would be extremely critical.

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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. "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.

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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The twins, hailing from a village in eastern Orissa state, were joined at the head - a condition known as craniopagus.

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