Post-surgery, conjoined twins are still in ICU, but condition stable

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Describing the marathon exercise to separate the twins as a critical surgery performed by around 30 specialists from different departments like neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery, Jena also prayed for quick recovery and safe recuperation of the twins.

Blood is being transfused in them and their condition is stable, the doctor said.

A team of 30 medics in Delhi spent 16 hours completing the surgery - the first time an operation of its kind has ever been successful.

Dr Deepak Kumar Gupta, neurosurgeon at the AIIMS, who led the surgery along with Dr Mahapatra, said Jaga is on intermittent hemodialysis and his kidney functioning is improving.

"By the grace of Lord Jagannath, the health condition of both Jaga-Balia is well". There were many challenges in this surgery which we have never seen before.

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The twins, whose cranium were fused, were brought to AIIMS on July 14 from Milipada village in Odisha's Kandhamal district.

The first surgery was performed on 28 August when the doctors created a bypass to separate the shared veins that return blood to the heart from the brain.

The twins have now not only surpassed the survival odds, but have also made it through the life-changing surgery. "As per the AIIMS doctors, it will take some more time for the twins to be completely stable", said the Minister.

"Such cases are 1 in 25 lakh children".

Though the Odisha government has sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the surgery at AIIMS, the institution said that they are not charging the parents for several procedures and treatment.

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