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Ramakanta Biswas

Cuttack: Kalia, one of the separated conjoined twins from Kandhamal, died while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Wednesday. SCB emergency officer Bhubanananda Maharana confirmed the news.

According to sources, Kalia was on ventilator support for the last two days after his condition deteriorated and a team of doctors were monitoring his health condition.

“We regret to inform that Kalia is no more. He passed away at 9.10 pm today due to septicaemia. He was undergoing treatment at SCB for the last one year and two months. However, his health condition deteriorated in the last 7-8 days. A team of doctors at SCB tried their best, but could not save him,” Maharana 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 Delhi AIIMS on July 13, 2017 with the help of 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 significantly, Kalia’s condition remained critical ever since their separation surgery.

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