In a shocking incident, conjoined twins were born with two heads, three hands and two legs in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. The baby girls were born at a private nursing home in Kendrapara. After their health condition deteriorated, the conjoined twins were shifted to the district headquarters hospital.
Pediatric Consultant of DHH, Kendrapara, Debasish Sahu said the conjoined twins are a rare congenital anomaly and are joined at the chest and abdomen. Their condition is stable at present.
“We are referring the conjoined twins to the Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack. Like Jaga-Kalia conjoined twins, the present case is one of the varieties of the congenital anomaly,” the doctor said. After an ultrasound of the twins, details of the abnormality will be known, he added.
In 2015, Jaga-Kalia conjoined twins from Odisha’s Kandhamal district were fused at the head since their birth. After the Odisha government intervened and announced to fund a separation surgery for them, a team of Doctors of AIIMS, New Delhi conducted the country’s first Craniopagus surgery.
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The team of doctors performed the surgery for 45 hours in phases from August to October in 2017 to separate Jaga and Kalia. Laer Kalia, one of the separated conjoined twins died at the SCB hospital in Cuttack during his treatment in November last year.