Conjoined Twins Jaga-Kalia Taken Off Ventilator

New Delhi: The conjoined twins of Kandhamal Jaga-Kalia were discharged from the Operation Theatre (OT) this morning after the plastic surgery was completed at around last midnight.

“Now, they have been kept in the ICU and will remain under the direct observation of the experts for 72 hours. Their condition is stable now. The State government is in constant touch with the AIIMS authorities. An official from State Health department has been posted in Delhi to look into the affairs of the twins,” Health Minister Pratap Jena said.

Neuro experts said the risk during operation is over now but the post operative risks are still there. “There is no operative risk now. The problems like infection, electrolytes imbalance may arise in post-operative period. The doctors are monitoring the situation every hour. I expect their smooth recovery in next two to three days,” Neuro expert Sanatan Rath from Cuttack said.

The Team of Doctors led by Eminent Neuro Surgeon Ashok Kumar Mohapatra at the AIIMS, New Delhi have successfully separated joined heads of Kandhamal twins-Jaga and Kalia, during a marathon surgery that began at 9 am this morning.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated the team of 30 doctors engaged in the head separating operation of Jaga-Kalia.

“The doctors have separated heads of Jaga and Kalia after 11 hour long surgery. Now, the plastic surgeons have been working on them. The condition of the twin brothers is stable,” Health & Family Welfare, Minister Pratap Jena said in a statement.

Mr.Jena said the procedure will continue till 9 am or 10 am on October 26.

The team of doctors at the AIIMS are performing the operation on Jaga and Kalia and no expert from abroad is carrying out the procedure, Jena said here.

The total duration of the operation could be over 25 hours, he said.

The duo suffer from Craniopagus, a rare medical condition wherein twins are joined from the cranium and have a high risk during surgical separation.

Prof. Deepak Gupta, Pediatric Neurosurgeon at AIIMS, said that the kids will require one or two more operations within three months time for the final separation.

Both were admitted in AIIMS on July 14. A team of 40 doctors managed the operation at different phases. A doctor from Japan, K Taki Jawa is also helping the Indian team.

“Their health is stable, but they will be kept under observation for 72 hours. Plastic surgeons are on their job after they were separated surgically,” Jena said in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, adding that the surgery began at 9am and lasted around 11 hours.

A team of 30 doctors from various departments, including neurosurgery, neuro-anesthesia and pediatrics, were on the medical team that undertook the second phase of the surgery on twins Jaga and Kalia, aged around two and a half years old.

The second phase surgery was done before scheduled time as Jaga’s health deteriorated.

The minister said the plastic surgery procudure is expected to continue till 10 a.m. on Thursday.

A senior doctor from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who is part of the medical team treating the twins, earlier told IANS: “The twins were taken to the operation theatre at 6 a.m. today. The surgery began at 9 a.m. and is expected to last for over 22 hours.”

Notably, the doctors had informed that the second phase surgery of the twins was scheduled to be performed in mid-October. The operation was postponed since the duo was suffering from acute blood shortage.

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