Jaga-Balia Kept On Ventilator, First Phase Of Separation Surgery Successful

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New Delhi & Bhubaneswar: After a gruelling 20-hour initial separation surgery conducted on the Kandhamal Siamese Twins, Jaga and Balia have been put on ventilator at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi today.

After applying injectable paediatrics anaesthesia to the conjoined twins on August 28 at around 5AM, the highly critical operation started around 10.30AM. A 40-members team of super specialists laboured for almost 20 hours till 6AM this morning when the surgery was completed,” informed world renown neurosurgeon and AIIMS’s Neurosurgery Head of the Department Dr. Ashok Mohapatra.

The second and final stage of the operation will be held after final checkup of their condition and response to the initial phase of surgery. “The next phase of the operation in all likelihood would be conducted after one and half months,”said Health Minister Pratap Jena.

Pratap also said that the state government in consultation with the AIIMS, New Delhi experts will seek the guidance of a super-specialist from the USA.

Born to Bhuan Kanhar and Puspanjali Kanhar of Milipada in Kandhamal district, the twins are 27-months-old and problems of their survival were increasing as they were growing older.

This is the first ever separation surgery conducted in India.

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