Bhubaneswar: Jaga and Kalia, the conjoined twins who were separated after surgery in 2017 at AIIMS, New Delhi, will return to Odisha soon, informed National Health Mission (NHM) Managing Director Shalini Pandit after holding talks with doctors at AIIMS in New Delhi today.
“The AIIMS, New Delhi will soon issue an advisory regarding the mode of transportation for shifting separated conjoined twins – Jaga and Kalia to Odisha within a week and necessary arrangements will be made accordingly. A date for their discharge will be fixed shortly,” said Pandit.
Jaga and Kalia were craniopagus conjoined twins – joined at the head – were successfully separated after a 21-hour surgery in October 2017 at AIIMS.
The craniopagus twins from Milipada village in Kandhamal had left for Delhi on July 13, 2017. The first phase of the surgery was performed on August 28. The final separation of the twins took a 21-hour-long surgery and was carried out by a team of around 30 specialists from the institute’s neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery departments on October 25 and 25, 2017.