Formerly conjoined twins Jaga and Balia will be returning to Odisha on 7 September, Saturday, after successfully getting separated at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Addressing the media on the day of their discharge from the hospital, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan congratulated the team for its ‘unique achievement’ in this ‘extremely rare case of cranopagus conjoined twins’.
In a series of tweets, the Ministry of Health elaborated on the event’s proceedings.
.@drharshvardhan on the @aiims_newdelhi craniopagus twins #Jagga#Balia going home: A very emotional moment for me. Also a hugely proud moment for all of us. I very heartily congratulate @aiims_newdelhi for this unique achievement. This is a very rare case. @PMOIndia @NITIAayog pic.twitter.com/iwKccfo7Bb— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) September 6, 2019
.@drharshvardhan : I suggest that this rarest of the rare surgery could be called "AIIMS Delhi Jagga Balia Craniopagus Surgery", and set a milestone in the medical world.#JaggaBaliaTwins@PMOIndia@NITIAayog@aiims_newdelhi https://t.co/3nnkUX0kyr— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) September 6, 2019
Odisha Sun Times reported that the two brothers will be admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack for further treatment. It quoted state Health Minister Naba Das as saying,
"“A team of four doctors from AIIMS New Delhi and a staff of Odisha Bhavan will accompany the twins and their parents. The superintendent of SCB has been asked to be stay prepared. A six-member special team at the hospital will monitor their health condition. The state Government will bear all the medical expenses.”" - Naba Das
The twins had been separated by a team of doctors at AIIMS after a surgery that spanned 21 hours in October 2017.
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