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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

One of the surviving conjoined twins from Kandhamal district in Odisha, Jaga who had lost his brother Balia last year, has been blessed with a baby sister.

Jaga’s mother Pushpanjali Kanhara delivered a baby girl at Phulbani District Headquarters Hospital at 4 pm on August 7. The baby girl has been named Subhadra. 

“We were really heartbroken after the demise of Balia. Now a new baby girl in our family has helped us overcome the grief. Everybody is very happy and the new-born baby is healthy,” said Pushpanjali.

Jaga is also elated to get a new sister after losing his brother Balia. 

“He is very much happy to play with Subhadra. He is also taking care of her sister,” said the father of the new-born Bhuyna Kanhar.

“Everybody in the hospital were delighted to see the baby girl and they named her after Goddess Subhadra. We also accepted the name happily. After Jaga and Balia God has blessed us with their sister ‘Subhadra,” said Bhuyan.

Both Jaga and Balia, twin baby boys from Melupada village in Kandhamal district of Odisha, who were suffering from a rare congenital disorder called Craniopagus parasiticus, were separated at AIIMS, New Delhi after a marathon surgery of 11 hours on October 2017. 

However, Balia who had been suffering from health issues after the surgery passed away while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on November 26, 2020. They were the first Craniopagus twins in India to be successfully separated.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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