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Conjoined Twin Girls With Single Heart Born In Odisha, Doctors Say 'Separation Almost Impossible'


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01 July 2019

Himansu Mohapatra/ Bikash Sharma


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Dhenkanal/Cuttack: After Jaga-Balia, Odisha witnessed the birth of another set of conjoined twins in Dhenkanal District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) on Monday.

Twin girls, joined from chest to stomach, were born to Renubala Behera and Pradeep Behera of Khalapala village under Parjang block today morning. The girls weigh around four kilograms and are healthy, informed the doctors.

Notably, the couple has a son. Behera’s wife was admitted to the district hospital in the morning following labour pain, stated reports.

After their delivery, the girls were shifted to Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack for further treatment in order to avoid any future complications. Senior doctors are currently conducting tests to ascertain the next  procedure. Prof Saroj Satpathy, Superintendant of Sishu Bhawan said, "This is a case of Thoracopagus. The two girls have one heart as they have the same pulse and blood pressure. Separation is almost impossible in such cases as there might be sharing of several other vital organs and survival chances become less."

The incident reminds Odisha of Kandhamal conjoined twins Jaga-Balia, attached at head, who were successfully separated at AIIMS, New Delhi in 2017. After several months of post-surgery treatment, the twins are set to return to Odisha soon.

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Prof. Hiran Kishore Mohanty, Shishu Bhawan, Cuttack

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Prof. Saroj Kumar Satapathy, Superintendent, Shishu Bhawan, Cuttack