Odisha govt urges for treatment of separated twins at AIIMS, New Delhi


Bhubaneswar, Mar 10

Odisha government has urged the authorities of AIIMS, New Delhi to allow the Kandhamal conjoined twins, who were separated in a marathon operation in the hospital, to stay there till their complete recovery, state Health Minister Pratap Jena today said.

The craniopagus twins, Jaga and Kalia who were joined at the head were separated in an 11-hour surgery conducted by a special team of doctors comprising 20 surgeons at AIIMS on October 25 last year.

“Of the twins, Kalia is still under treatment though Jaga has recovered. Therefore we have requested AIIMS New Delhi to keep them under its treatment,” Jena told reporters here.

The parents of the twins had urged the state government to request for continuing the treatment of the twins in the Delhi hospital till they recover completely.

“Jaga is quite fine but Kalia is still being fed with the help of tubes. He is vomiting after being fed. How can we admit the child to SCB Hospital in Cuttack in this condition?” asked Bhuyan Kanhar, the father of the twins.

The parents also said that the two should be allowed treatment at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar instead of at SCB Medical College and Hopsital in Cuttack after their discharge from AIIMS, New Delhi.

The conjoined twins, who hail from Milipada village in tribal Kandhamal district, were admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on July 13 last year.

The Odisha government had provided Rs 1 crore financial assistance while Kandhamal administration gave Rs 1 lakh for their surgery. PTI

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