31 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: The historic successful craniopagus surgery that separated conjoined twins Jaga and Kalia who were joined at the head, in 2017 has featured in the 2020 edition of the Limca Book of Records as the first such operation in the country.
Led by neurosurgeons Prof Ashok Kumar Mahapatra and Dr Deepak Kumar Gupta, a team of 125 doctors and paramedical staff separated 28-month-old conjoined twins hailing from Kandhamal district, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.
"Congratulations! We are happy to inform you that your record is featured in the 2020 edition of Limca Book of Records," an e-mail sent to Gupta by Limca Book of Record Editorial Executive Tresa Benjamin, said.
The complex surgery was conducted in two stages, first on August 28, 2017 and then on October 25, 2017 and has been recorded as the first craniopagus surgery in India in the record book.
Jaga and Kalia spent over two years in the AIIMS, New Delhi, before returning to Odisha. They are under special care of a team of doctors at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. While Jaga’s growth has been steady till date, Kalia's development is stated to be slow.