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Separated Conjoined Twin Kalia Dies

Bhubaneswar: One of the separated conjoined twins Kalia passed away this evening.

His death has been confirmed by Emergency Officer of SCB Medical College & Hospital Dr Bhubanananda Maharana.

“Kalia is no more. He died of septicemia and shock. His condition had deteriorated in the last 6-7 days and further deteriorated today. He passed away at 9.10 PM despite all efforts by our doctors. He was in SCB for one year and two months after arrival from AIIMS Delhi,” informed Dr Maharana.

Earlier in the day, Dr Lucy Das, Medical Superintendent, SCB Medical College & Hospital had informed that Kalia’s condition was critical and he has been put on a ventilator following respiratory distress.

His hands and legs had swollen and his condition was deteriorating, she had said.

A 14-member team of doctors which included specialists from the departments of Neuro Surgery, Paediatrics, Anaesthesiology, ENT, etc were treating him, Dr Das had said.

Separated conjoined twins Jaga and Kalia were admitted to SCB Medical College & Hospital on September 7, 2019 after they were discharged from AIIMS New Delhi.

Since their arrival in SCB Medical College while the other separated conjoined twin Jaga was keeping well, Kalia was not fully responding to treatment. He used to often suffer from fever and seizures as a result of which was frequently put on the ventilator.

The conjoined twins were born to Bhuan Kanhar and Puspanjali Kanhar of Milipada in Kandhamal district.

They were suffering from a rare craniopagus disorder. With the help of the State government, they were admitted to Delhi AIIMS on July 13, 2017. The State government had borne the entire cost of the surgery to separate them as well as their stay in the hospital in Delhi.

The rare craniopagus surgery conducted successfully by a team led by eminent neurosurgeon Prof. Ashok Kumar Mahapatra at AIIMS in New Delhi in 2017 has featured in the 2020 edition of the Limca Book of Records.

A team comprising 125 doctors and paramedical staff helped separate 28-month-old Jaga and Balia, conjoined twins from Odisha who were joined to each other at the cranium.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sanctioned Rs 1 crore from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for their surgery and treatment.

Dr Bhubanananda Maharana, Emergency Officer, SCB MCH

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