Bhubaneswar: Two-year-old twins joined at the head were separated during a 16-hour-long surgery performed by doctors at AIIMS which ended on Thursday.
The twins are on ventilator and their condition was critical, doctors said. Odisha twins–Jaga and Kalia–were under observation and being monitored by a team of experts constantly. They are also being given blood, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said.
Guleria said though the 28-month-old twins have been separated, the next 18 days would be extremely critical to ascertain the success of the surgery. The team of doctors involved in the procedure also seemed concerned about the survival of one of the twins, citing his deteriorating health.
“The children have been separated. There were many challenges in this surgery which we have never seen before. During the surgery a total of 3.5 litres blood was also lost,” A K Mahapatra, the chief of the neurosciences centre at the AIIMS said.
A team of about 30 specialists from the institute’s neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery departments performed the marathon surgery which began on Wednesday at 9 AM and got over at around 3 AM on Thursday.