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Conjoined Odisha twins seperated at AIIMS; prayers on for recovery

Conjoined Odisha twins seperated at AIIMS; prayers on for recovery

Prayers and medical science are both striving to save the conjoined twins (joined at their heads) as they had been operated in the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences in a marathon surgery.

The condition of twins is critical but also stable. This was confirmed by Odisha Health and Family Welfare minister Pratap Jena.

The twins known as Jaga and Kalia are 28 months old. Mr Jena said that they were separated during a 16-hour-long surgery which began on October 25 morning and ended yesterday, are under round-the-clock observation and the next 30 hours will be crucial for them.

A team of specialist doctors have been engaged to monitor their condition, he added.

The twins, who hail from Milipada village under Phiringia block in Kandhamal district, are craniopagus conjoined twins, joined at their heads, which is a very rare condition.

The whole of Odisha has been praying for the speedy recovery of Jaga and Kalia. We hope the twin brothers will return Kandhamal after their recovery,” the minister said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a tweet yesterday had said, “Glad to learn of successful separation of Jaga Kalia at #AIIMS. Congrats to the doctors’ team. Pray to Lord Jagannath.

The ruling BJD workers organised a mass prayer in front of the Ram Mandir here yesterday praying for the speedy recovery of the twins.

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