Odisha govt to provide medical assistance to conjoined twins

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The Odisha government announced to facilitate treatment of the conjoined twins of Kandhamal. Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena said the twins would be sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi for further check-up and follow-up action would be taken as per the opinions of experts.

“Arrangements are being made to help the parents of the conjoined boys. The twins will be sent to AIIMS in New Delhi for evaluation and treatment,” Kandhamal district collector Brunda D said.

“The district administration has already provided Rs 35,000 to the family of the conjoined twins,” he said, adding that an anganwadi worker has also been engaged to take care of them.

The twins, Jaga and Balia, hail from Milupada village in Kandhamal district. They were born at Phiringia public health centre on April 9, 2015.

According to health experts, a surgery can be successful if the twins share only skull and chances are very remote if they share brain. The separation surgery is also very risky. The complexity of the surgery depends on where the heads are joined and how much they are fused.

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The parents had earlier rushed them to SCB Medical College Hospital shortly after their birth but could not continue with the treatment due to financial constraint.

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