Odisha prays as AIIMS begins surgery on conjoined twins

Henrietta Strickland
August 29, 2017

As the marathon surgery got underway, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik called up Prof Ashok Mohapatra, who is leading the team, and enquired about the health of the two kids. However, the outcome of the surgery would depend on multiple factors, they have said.They were admitted in AIIMS on July 14.

"We are praying God for the successful operation".

Informing about this, Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena, who has kept a close vigil on the twins, said that the first phase surgery of the conjoined twins was completed successfully yesterday.

According to media reports, the decision about starting the surgery would be taken after Magnetic Resonance Imaging and brain mapping examination was conducted in order to check how much impaired the brain functioning is. This channel helps in expanding the skin that will help them to separate the brain in the first stage of the surgery. It involved almost 20 specialists from the institute's neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery division, besides a Japanese expert who was flown-in for assistance, sources said.

Mahapatra is a Professor of Neurosurgery at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Reliable sources said that the actual separation of the head would take place in the second stage.

One of the doctors told that these twins share the same veins that carry blood to the heart from the brain, hence, their operation is quite hard. The first phase started on Monday and would take more than seven hours.

"A 40-member team of doctors with assistance from a doctor from Japan have started operation which could take about eight hours", the minister said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sanctioned Rs 1 Crore from the CM's Relief Fund for the surgery on the conjoined twins.

The minister said the AIIMS doctors will perform another round of operation after success of todays surgery. As news of the surgery became viral on social media, prayers for successful surgery of the conjoined twins came in.

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