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‘AIIMS’ docs takes the challenge to separate two toddlers joined from head



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Odisha: Twins Jagga and Baliya aged two year and three months can only just hope to live normal life like other children. After the doctors from All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) takes the challenge to separate the the toddlers who are joined from their heads by birth.

In medical term, kids with such sort of deformity are known as ‘craniopagus conjoint twins’ – an extremely rare condition found in 1 in 2.5 million births. The twins – Jagannath and Balram – hail from Kandhamal district in Odisha.



They were born to a farmer’s family that has disposed all faith in doctors, who they believe would surely separate the kids successfully. “We have come all the way from Odisha with a hope that the lives of our children will be transformed after a surgery. The rest is up to God,” Puspa Kanhara, the mother of the little ones said.


This highly challenging case has been referred to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) from Bhubaneshwar on Friday. Doctors at AIIMS are still not sure whether they would go for the surgery, as the procedure would put the lives of both the toddlers in risk.



AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said, “It is one of the most challenging cases and also a first-of-its kind one that AIIMS has seen. We have accepted the challenge but till now we are not sure about the chances of survival of the kids. Only after detailed investigations, we will be able to comment whether surgery is feasible or not. Multiple surgeries are to be done. Their heads are completely fused and they face away from each other. We can only comment after brain mapping and angiograms.”



Health experts say nearly 40 per cent of conjoined twins die during birth and an additional one-third die within 24 hours of birth, usually from congenital organ anomalies, leaving 25 per cent to be considered for surgical separation. Less than 50 cases have been reported globally in the last 75 years.


Professor Dr AK Mahaptra, chief of Neuroscience Centre at AIIMS said a multipspecialty team consisting of pediatirc neurosurgeons, cerebrovasular surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, neuroanesthetists, neurologists and child psychologists have discussing complexities in this case.




Doctors at AIIMS informed that both the toddlers are malnourished and that this could pose a threat during surgeries. Dr Deepak Gupta, a neurosurgery professor, added that only 25 per cent cases of this sort do succeed. “Surgical planning itself can take upto three months to get finalized. The entire procedure involves multiple stages that usually require quite a months to get over. As of now, we just need to keep the kids away from infection.”


‘Love jihad’: Samajwadi Party to oppose law in UP Assembly, here’s why



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A day after Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel signed the ordinance on forced religious conversions, the Samajwadi Party announced that it will oppose the ‘love jihad’ law when it comes up in the Assembly next month.

Samajwadi Party (SP)President Akhilesh Yadav said his party is not in favour of such a law and will oppose it strongly.

“On one hand, the government offers Rs 50,000 to those opting for inter-caste and inter-religion marriages, and on the other, they have brought this law. We will ask the government to bring a law which guarantees doubling of farmers’ income instead,” he said.

The SP chief accused the BJP government of planning to sell a government-owned shopping mall worth Rs 1,000 crore to a private entity at throwaway prices. He further added that an expressway was also being sold in a similar fashion.

“This will be probed when time comes. We will expose the corruption this government is indulging in,” he said.

Akhilesh further said it is ironic that the government talks of zero tolerance for corruption but, in an international survey, the country has figured on the top of the list of nations where bribery is most prevalent.

Reacting to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s announcement of setting up 10,000 MW solar power units, Yadav said, “He does not know anything about a solar panel. During the SP government, we had set up a solar power unit. The unit produced enough power to meet the needs of an entire village, but this government snapped the supply saying the villagers have not paid bills.”

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