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Mrunal Manmay Dash

One of the separated conjoined twins Jaga, who is currently under treatment at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in Phulbani, was spotted having fun at the Science Park in the town on Monday, indicating his recovery from the rare condition.

Jaga was with his father Bhuan Kahanr at the Kandhamal Science Park for a break from the hospital ward following permission of the doctors.

Speaking with the reporters, Jaga’s mother Puspanjali Kanhar said, “Jaga is doing well. He was getting irritated sitting in a room all day. So after getting permission from the doctors, his father took him to the park.”

“Jaga is no more taking medicines which had been prescribed following his brain surgery. He is under observation in the hospital. The doctors have recommended a helmet for him to save his head from sudden bumps and hits,” she said.

Born to Bhuan Kanhar and Puspanjali Kanhar of Milipada in Kandhamal district, the twins were suffering from a rare craniopagus disorder. They were admitted to the AIIMS in Delhi on July 13, 2017 with the help from the Odisha government.

A special team of doctors performed the complex surgery in two stages, first on August 28, 2017 and then on October 25, 2017 to separate the conjoined twins. After spending two years at Delhi AIIMS, they returned to Odisha on September 7, 2019.

They were admitted to SCB after returning from Delhi AIIMS. While Jaga’s condition improved, his twin brotber Kalia’s condition remained critical following the separation surgery.

Later, Kalia died while undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on November 25, 2020.

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