Surgery for separating Odisha’s conjoined twins Jaga-Balia begins

Bhubaneswar: The all important surgery for separating Odisha’s conjoined twins Jaga-Balia started at AIIMS, New Delhi today, informed Health Minister Pratap Jena.

“An operation started at AIIMS, New Delhi at 9 am today to separate the conjoined twins Jaga-Balia. We expect that the operation will take 25-27 hours to get completed,” said Jena speaking to reporters.

“We had told the authorities of AIIMS, New Delhi to take the help of foreign doctors for the operation, if needed and the state government shall bear the expenses regarding it. However, an expert team of the AIIMS are carrying out the operation as there was no requirement of roping in a doctor from another country,” the minister added.

The 28-month-old twins hailing from a poor family in Milipada village of Phiringia block in the tribal-dominated Kandhamal district were taken to the AIIMS on July 13 and a team of 40 doctors had conducted a 20-hour long first surgery on them.

As per the doctors, Jaga and Balia are craniopagus twins that are fused at the cranium – the skull, especially the part enclosing the brain.

Odisha government had sanctioned Rs 1 crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for the treatment of the twins.

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