Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jun 18:
Two-month-old conjoined twins born in a state-run hospital in Odisha’s Phulbani district with their heads fused together are awaiting surgical separation at the SCB Medical College and Hospital here since last two months.
The craniopagus twins were born to Bhuya Kanhar and Pushpanjali Kanhar at Phiringia government hospital in Phulbani this April. The attending doctors adviced the couple to consult doctors at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics (Sishu Bhavan) here for the complex surgery.
On April 24, the couple visited paediatrics speciality hospital who were referred to SCB Medical College and Hospital in the city.
The couple from Melupada village under Phiringia police station limits in Phulbani district admitted their conjoined twin sons to the neuro surgery ward in the hospital.
Bhuya earns his livelihood from farming and belongs to economically backward section. From his frugal income, he supports a family of five—father, mother, wife and a three-month-old son. And now, the conjoined twins have added to his financial woes as he has spent majority of his savings for the treatment of the newborns.
Though Rs 14, 000 was sanctioned from Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF), the amount has been exhausted in medical investigations. The repeat MRI tests and other investigations have gobbled up the first phase of assistance provided to them.
“I have requested the authorities to sanction more assistance as the earlier sanctioned fund has been exhausted,” Bhuya said.
MRI report reveals that the brains of the twins are functioning normal. Despite their body structure being completely different from each other, the heads are fused together.
It was unclear if they share brain tissue, as well as vital arteries and nerves. To know more about this, the twins were taken for CT scan. But, it could not be performed on them as one of the twins sustained burns on his elbow, possibly due to radiation exposure.
With the date of surgery still unknown even after close to two months of hospitalisation, the poor parents of the twins are a distraught lot as they are running short of finances.
“We are feeling helpless here and are planning to go back to our home if the surgery is not performed in a couple of days. We would reconcile to our destiny,” a worried Bhuya added.