Jaga-Balia: Second Phase Separation Surgery In Mid-October

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Bhubaneswar (PTI): The conjoined twins of Odisha, Jaga and Balia, are expected to undergo the second phase of surgery to separate their heads some time in middle of October at the AIIMS, New Delhi.

“The health condition of Jaga-Kalia is fine after initial surgery at the AIIMS in New Delhi. They are expected to go for the crucial second surgery after one-and-a-half months,” health minister Pratap Jena told reporters here.

The 27-month-old twins who are joined at the heads were taken to AIIMS on July 13 and a team of 40 doctors conducted the 22-hour long first surgery on them on August 28.

Jaga and Balia are Craniopagus twins are conjoined twins that are joined at the cranium – the skull, especially the part enclosing the brain.

Odisha government which is funding the operations has stationed a health department employee at AIIMS to exclusively keep a tab on the health condition of the twins, Pratap added.

Jaga-Balia hail from a poor family in Milipada village of Phiringia block in the tribal-dominated Kandhamal district.

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