Kandhamal twins Jaga-Kalia stable, next 1 month 'very sensitive'

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 27: Reiterating the State Government's commitment to provide all possible assistance for the total recovery of Jaga and Kalia who were successfully separated on Wednesday after a marathon surgery that lasted around 16 hours at the AIIMS in Delhi, Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena today said that next one month will be very sensitive for the separated twins.

The craniopagus twins- were joined at the head- are still on ventilator and ICU under the care of a team of doctors. 'They are stable now. Treatment will continue for one month to ensure that they are fully stable. Next one month is very sensitive,' said Jena told reporters here.

AIIMS Neurosciences Centre chief Dr Ashok Kumar Mahapatra on Thursday told reporters in New Delhi that the next 15 days would be crucial for long term survival of the twins since their skull is open.'Since their skull is open, a major challenge will be to prevent infection,' said Mohapatra.

The 28-month-old twins, born to Bhuiyan and Pushpa, farmers from Kandhamal district, were referred to AIIMS in July and the first phase operation was successfully conducted on August 28 at the State Government's initiative.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on July 19 also sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the treatment of conjoined twins of Kandhamal district.

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