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AIIMS to separate conjoined twins

PTI
Published : Jul 15, 2017, 4:32 am IST
Updated : Jul 15, 2017, 10:09 pm IST

The surgery is feasible only on 25 per cent of the survivors.

The twins - Jagannath and Balram — from Kandhamal district in Odisha, were taken to AIIMS after they were brought here from Bhubaneshwar on Friday afternoon.
 The twins - Jagannath and Balram — from Kandhamal district in Odisha, were taken to AIIMS after they were brought here from Bhubaneshwar on Friday afternoon.

New Delhi: Doctors at AIIMS are examining two-year-old twins joined at the head, and will assess whether surgery can be performed to separate them.

The twins - Jagannath and Balram — from Kandhamal district in Odisha, were taken to AIIMS after they were brought here from Bhubaneshwar on Friday afternoon.

They are accompanied by their parents and assistant manager of the National Adolescent Health Programme, Soumya Samantray. Dr A. K. Mahapatra, chief of neuro sciences centre at AIIMS said the twins will be undergoing a series of tests such as MRI, CT scan, and angiogram, to see to what extent the veins in their brains are fused and whether surgery is feasible.

“They are craniopagus twins, that is who are connected at the head. This is a rare condition. It is very difficult at this stage to say if surgery is feasible to separate them. They will undergo several tests in the next 10-12 days,” Dr Mahapatra said.

Deepak Gupta, professor of neurosurgery, said that the conjoined twins are suffering from a rare condition which 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.

“Also, there is less than a 20 per cent chance of survival among those who undergo this surgery. Such type of operations are extremely challenging and doctors from plastic surgery, paediatric surgery, anaesthetists and radiologists, among others, will be involved,” Dr Gupta said.

Jagannath and Balram’s parents, who are poor farmers, expressed the hope that doctors would perform the surgery and separate their sons.

“We have come all the way from Odisha with a hope that the lives of our children will be transformed after the surgery. The rest is up to god, we human beings can only hope for the best,” their mother said. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who came to know about the twins travelling on the Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani to Delhi, had ensured medical facilities for them on board during the journey. The railway minister also arranged transport to bring the twins to AIIMS from Odisha.

Tags: aiims, national adolescent health programme, ct scan
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