Odisha twins Jaga-Kalia: One shows improvement, other still critical

New Delhi: Weeks after the 28-month-old conjoined twins from Odisha, Jaga and Kalia, were separated through a surgery, the AllMS on Tuesday said one of the kids has started taking liquid diet while the condition of the other remains critical.

“Jaga is taking liquid diet orally and was taken out of the room in the corridor today (Tuesday). Kalia is kept in the neuro ICU. He has shown some improvement in the movement of limbs. It looks like Kalia will stay in the ICU for a long period,” said a statement from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)’s protocol department.

Doctors at the hospital had successfully conducted 22-hour-long craniopagus surgery to separate Jaga and Kalia on Oct 25 and 26.

The statement said their breathing condition and blood circulation were good.

The twins, whose cranium were fused, were brought to the AIIMS on July 14 from Milipada village in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.

The first phase of the surgery, where experts from Japan were also present, was done on August 28. In it, a new bypass technique was used for the first time to separate the twins.

Elaborating the challenges during the surgery, Guleria said: “There was a situation in which one of the kids did not have blood nerves, which had to be created.

“The skin grafting was also done and later extra care had to be taken for the blood, nutrition and overall health of the two so that they could undergo the surgery.” Each of the twins also needed 20 units of blood.


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