Mrunal Manmay Dash

Happy faces greeted Jaga, the survivor of the conjoined twins from Kandhamal district, when he ventured out with his father for shopping in the local market at Phulbani on Monday.

Jaga was in town for his scheduled health check up with his father at the District Headquarters Hospital in Phulbani when he decided to go for buying shoes at the local market.

He wore the specially made helmet provided by the doctors to protect his skull from outside impact.

Apart from that, he was also spotted savouring some of the street food delicacies of Phulbani, an indication of his improving health condition.

It is pertinent to mention here that both Jaga and his twin brother Kalia, from Melupada village in Kandhamal district of Odisha, who were suffering from a rare congenital disorder called Craniopagus parasiticus, were separated at the AIIMS, New Delhi after a marathon surgery of 11 hours in October 2017.

However, Kalia who had been fighting health complications 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.

They were admitted to SCB after returning from Delhi AIIMS. While Jaga’s condition improved significantly, Kalia’s condition had remained critical ever since the separation surgery.