Separated conjoined twins Jaga, Kalia to stay at AIIMS

Bhubaneswar: Amid speculations that the separated conjoined twins Jaga and Kalia will be discharged from AIIMS, New Delhi soon, Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena today informed that the twins need to be kept under medical supervision for some more time as one of them is yet to recover fully.

Jena’s statement came after he along with a 5-member team of specialists from the State reviewed the twins’ health condition today in New Delhi.

“Jaga is fine but Kalia has not fully recovered. They will stay at AIIMS until both of them get well. We have requested to continue their treatment at AIIMS for some more time,” said Jena.

Earlier, doctor Girija Ratha of AIIMS, New Delhi, had said that Jaga and Kalia are fine and they could be discharged.

“Jaga is fine but Kalia needs some nursing care. He (Kalia) has started eating food. We usually discharge patients in such condition. However, the medical team from Odisha will take a final call,” Ratha had said.

Conjoined Jaga and Kalia were successfully separated after an 11-hour marathon surgery at AIIMS by a team of 30 specialists from neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery departments on October 25 last year.

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