Bhubaneswar: Conjoined twins Jaga-Balia (Honey and Singh) of Kandhamal district are expected to undergo next surgery after 1.5 months, said Odisha Health & Family welfare Minister Pratap Jena here today.
Talking to media, he said, “The health condition of Jaga-Balia is well after first surgery at AIIMS in New Delhi. The doctors attending the twins are cooperating and observing their health condition. They are undergoing proper treatment there.”
We hope the next surgery will be conducted after 1.5 months, he said.
When asked whether he will visit Delhi to see the twins, Jena said, “We are keeping close watch on health condition of Jaga Balia on daily basis. An employee of the health department has also been posted at AIIMS, who is exclusively in charge of Jaga Balia.”
Notably, Jaga-Balia’s condition is said to be stable after first major surgery conducted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 28 in New Delhi.
As many as 40 doctors and a team of experts from Japan were engaged in the much-talked about surgery, which took 20 hours.
The doctors are trying their best to give new life to the conjoined twins
The twins belonging to Milipada village under Phiringia block in the tribal-dominated Kandhamal district were shifted to AIIMS on July 13 after a series of media reports prompted the state government to intervene.
A series of medical investigations were carried out on the conjoined twins prior to taking them into the operation theatre today.
The parents of the conjoined twins – Bhuiya Kanhar and Pushpanjali had expressed inability to treat their children citing financial issues.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sanctioned Rs 1 crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for the treatment of the twins.