07 September 2019
Cuttack: The much awaited homecoming of previously conjoined twin Jaga-Kalia occurred on Saturday. The duo returned from Delhi after a gap of almost two years.
They arrived with their parents at Cuttack Railway Station via New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express at 3.08 pm. Accompanying them were a doctors’ team from AIIMS and officials from Delhi’s Odisha Bhawan. A two-member doctors’ team had left for New Delhi to get apprised of the Jaga-Kalia’s current health status. They too accompanied the twins.
Following the schedule, the twins were taken to the SCB Medical College and Hospital and admitted to Neurosurgery department. Previously, a six member team consisting of three members of Neurosurgery, one each of Pediatrics and Surgery and an Emergency Medical Officer (EMO) was formed. The team is headed by Prof. Sudhanshu Mishra, HOD, Neurosurgery. The team will be in talks with the doctors from AIIMS for a streamlined further treatment of Jaga-Kalia.
“By the grace of Lord Jagannath my children are healthy now. They had gone as conjoined but returned successfully separated. It was a tough task at hand, but doctors at AIIMS did the impossible. I would like to thank Lord Jagannath for blessing my kids and the entire state of Odisha for praying Jaga-Kalia. I am eternally grateful for the CM Naveen Patnaik, Health Minister for all the support we have received till now”, said Jaga-Kalia’s father.
He also added that he completely trusts the doctors at SCB and he is sure that the twins will continue to receive the best treatment.
EMO Dr. B.N. Moharana said, “The team at SCB is in talks with the doctors of AIIMS regarding diet plan and further treatment of the twins. As everybody knows, Jaga is in a much more stable state whereas Kalia needs additional treatment and physiotherapy. Currently, their health status is being reviewed and accordingly they will be shifted to ward. Odisha Government and the team at SCB will continue to support the treatment of Jaga-Kalia.”
Health Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherta had said on Friday that providing adequate treatment to the twins is the primary objective. It is important to note here that the State Government has been bearing the entire cost of treatment, transportation, stay and other costs related to Jaga-Kalia; and will continue to do so in future.
Notably, the conjoined twins had been separated after a 12-hour long marathon surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi in October 2017. They had been under observation since then.