Kalia to stay in ICU for long term, outcome unpredictable: AIIMS

Jaga with his mother 
Bhubaneswar, November 7, 2017:  Jaga, one of the conjoined twins from Odisha
whose heads were separated on October 26 at the All India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS) here, is showing remarkable improvement, even as his twin
brother Kalia continues to be in the ICU with doctors saying his outcome is
more unpredictable. 
“Kalia is kept in Neuro ICU. He has shown some improvement in
the form of movement of limbs. It is likely that Kalia will stay in ICU for
long term and his outcome is more unpredictable,” said an AIIMS press release.
Meanwhile, Jaga who was shifted to a private ward from the
ICU on November 3 is being given liquid diet orally. He looks interested in
“We want to inform you that Jaga is taking liquid diet orally
and he was taken out of the room in the corridor today. He also sat in his
mother’s lap and looked happy. He also looks interested in music and was following
musical melodies,” the release added.
condition of the craniopagus twins from Kandhamal district is being monitored
by a team of experts round-the-clock.
two-years-five-months old twins, who were joined at head, were separated
following a 16-hour-long surgery at the AIIMS. A team of around 40 specialists
from the institute’s neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery
departments performed the marathon surgery successfully on October 26 under the
direct supervision of AIIMS Neuroscience Centre chief Prof Ashok Kumar
Jaga and
Kalia are joined from their heads by birth. In medical term, kids with such
sort of deformity are known as ‘craniopagus conjoint twins.’ It is an extremely
rare condition found in 1 in 2.5 million births in the world. Such deformity
afflicts one in 30 lakh children, of which 50 per cent die either at birth or
within 24 hours. Surgery is feasible only on 25 per cent of the survivors,
while the rest continue to live with the condition.
On July 19
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the
treatment of the twins.
They were
admitted to AIIMS on July 14 and the first phase operation was successfully
conducted on August 28 at the Odisha Government’s initiative. The first phase
of the surgery included experts from Japan.

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