Kalia Doing Well Without Ventilator, Says SCB Emergency Officer

Cuttack: The health condition of Kalia, one of the separated conjoined twins who was critical few days after discharge from Delhi AIIMS last month, is showing further signs of improvement as he is doing quite well even without ventilator support for last three days, informed Bhubanananda Maharana, emergency officer of SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

“Kalia is breathing normally without oxygen and ventilator support for the last 72 hours. It is certainly a much better condition as compared to when he was very critical earlier,” Maharana said.

He further informed that the twin had to undergo strict diet in view of health complications earlier but now the monitoring doctors have enhanced his diet.

“Earlier, he was being served only milk and dry food but now we have increased his diet content and added cooked food in the meal. As per the instructions of the dietician, we are providing him Khichdi in lunch and semolina (suji) in night.

Born to Bhuan Kanhar and Puspanjali Kanhar of Milipada in Kandhamal district, Kalia and his twin brother Jaga, suffering from a rare craniopagus disorder, underwent marathon cranial separation surgeries in 2017 at Delhi AIIMS. After two years of recuperation, the separated twins were discharged and brought to Odisha in September 2019. But even as Jaga has shown significant improvement in health, his twin brother has not been so receptive.