Separated conjoined twins Jaga, Kalia likely to return Odisha soon

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Once-conjoined twins from Odisha, Jaga and Kalia, who underwent a rare successful cranial separation surgery at the Neurosciences Centre of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi will soon travel back to their home in Odisha. According to doctors at the AIIMS, the twins are “clinically well” and do not need ICU or specialised care.

Sources in the Odisha government said the twins are likely to be shifted back by the June-end. Recently, a team of doctors along with government officials from Odisha visited the twins to assess whether they can to be shifted back to the state for follow up treatment.

As per sources, the state government has sought that the twins be shifted by air in view of the prevailing heat wave conditions. It has also urged that a doctor and nurse from AIIMS who are familiar with the treatment of the twins accompany them during transit to avoid any mishap.

The Odisha government has also asked for a detailed discharge summary and history of the twins, including their current treatment schedule, details of diet, physiotherapy and medication and prognosis at the time of discharge to facilitate their seamless treatment in the state.

Besides, it has also requested the AIIMS authorities to provide the twins customised helmets along with physiotherapy chair as the duo has large skill defect on vertex.

The team consisting of crainopagus experts from AIIMS has met on several occasions and unanimously agreed that the two children can now be safely discharged from the medical institute.

Sources at the premier institute said Jaga is gaining weight and developing well like any normal children and is ready to go to school. Kalia, they said, is accepting feeds orally and via special tube (PEG) and he too is gaining weight.

The craniopagus twins from Kandhamal district of the State were taken to AIIMS, New Delhi on July 13, 2017 where a team of 40 doctors including experts from Japan conducted the 24-hour-long first phase of surgery later on August 28.

The final separation of the twin was performed by a team of around 30 specialists of the AIIMS’ neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery departments on October 25.