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Subadh Kumar Nayak

Cuttack: Condition of one of the separated conjoined twins Kalia still continues to be critical, informed SCB Medical College & Hospital authorities on Saturday.

SCB Emergency Officer Dr Bhubanananda Moharana informed that Kalia's condition has been critical since Thursday evening as he is suffering from chest infection and pneumonia.

"Kalia was diagnosed with pneumonia and was given oxygen after his oxygen saturation came down. However, as his condition further worsened, he was put on ventilator support. Though his vital signs are stable, his condition continues to be critical even today," informed Moharana.

The SCB Emergency Officer further said that the State government and SCB authorities have requested the authorities of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi to depute two specialists - neurosurgeon, Dipak Gupta and Head of Paediatric Critical Care unit, Rakesh Lodha - for further treatment of Kalia.

The 14-member doctors' team attending Kalia in SCB also held discussions with AIIMS-New Delhi doctors via video conferencing and apprised them about Kalia's condition.

It is worth mentioning here that Jaga and Kalia of Milipada in Kandhamal district underwent a rare separation surgery at AIIMS-New Delhi in 2017 and returned to Odisha on September 7, 2019. While Jaga's condition improved significantly, Kalia continues to remain critical ever since their separation surgery.

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