Bhubaneswar: With the entire Odisha praying for speedy recovery of Kandhamal twins Jaga and Kalia whose heads were separated on October 26 at AIIMS in New Delhi, the government-run hospital gave the State a good news as Jaga was today taken off ventilator.
Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena told reporters after speaking with the AIIMS doctors about the health condition of the twins.
“I am very happy to inform you that Jaga has been taken off ventilator support and is breathing normally. Besides, he is responding well to his mother. He will be shifted to general ward in next three days,” said Jena after meeting the kids in the ICU.
He said, though, Balia is still in the ICU, he is stable. The doctors are closely monitoring his health.
AIIMS-Delhi Neurosciences Centre Chief, Dr. Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, also informed media about the health condition of the separated twins.
“Jaga has been taken out of ventilator support today and he is responding his mother well. He will be shifted to the general ward once he starts eating,” said Mohapatra expressing satisfaction over the way the twins are recovering since the critical surgery.
Explaining further, the Odisha-born renowned neurosurgeon said: “Balia was weaker than Jaga. He still continues to be in a state of unconsciousness as he has been suffering from fits. He is feeling drowsy as sleeping pills had been given to him. However, he is responding to the treatment and shaking his hands and legs even being unconsciousness and we hope his condition will improve in the next few days.”
The twin’s mother Pushpanjali Kanhara, for the first time after second phase surgery, met her sons in the ICU.
“I thank all doctors at AIIMS and Odisha government for whom surgery on my children was successful. I pray the almighty Lord Jagannath to shower his Divine blessings on my children,” the mother of the twins said with a choked voice.
The twins hailing from Kandhamal district were separated following a 16-hour-long surgery at the AIIMS in New Delhi. A team of around 30 specialists from the institute’s neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery departments performed the marathon surgery.