Separated After Birth: Jaga, Balia To Stay In AIIMS, New Delhi, Says Pratap Jena


Bhubaneswar: Health Minister Pratap Jena today said that separated conjoined twins Jaga and Balia will stay at AIIMS in New Delhi till their complete recovery and both are absolutely fit. The state government has requested the AIIMS authorities in this connection, he informed.

The health minister Pratap Jena clarified it after the parents of the twins, from Kandhamal, desired to continue the treatment of Jaga and Balia at AIIMS, New Delhi till they recover completely.

“Jaga is quite fine but Balia is still having his food with the help of tubes. He is vomiting soon after taking food. How can we admit the child at SCB Hospital in Cuttack in this condition ,” asked their father Bhuyan Kanhara.

Last month, a team of doctors from the state visited AIIMS, New Delhi to assess if the children can be shifted to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar or Cuttack-based SCB Hospital for follow up treatment.

Jaga and Balia, who hail from Milipada village in Kandhamal district, were craniopagus conjoined twins, a very rare deformity. They were successfully separated after two phases of surgery at AIIMS in the national capital in October 2017.


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