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AIIMS doctors complete first phase surgery of conjoined twins

The second phase which is extremely important is yet to be performed: AIIMS doctor

IANS  |  New Delhi 

AIIMS, hospital, delhi

A team of at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) performing a complicated to separate a pair of conjoined twins from has completed 30 per cent of the and the condition of the twins who are joined at the head is stable.

"First phase of the multistage was successful. It means 30 per cent of the surgery is complete. However, the second phase which is extremely important is yet to be performed," a doctor, part of the medical team treating the twins, told IANS.

from the neurosurgery, anesthesia and pediatrics departments met early Tuesday to discuss the matter, he added.

The medical team treating the twins comprises 40 members, including a top surgeon from

"A new was used for the first time on the twins conjoined at the head," said Deepak Gupta, paediatric neurosurgeon at AIIMS, part of the team.

The surgery for separation of conjoined twins Jaga and Balia is being performed in two stages. The first stage began at 9 a.m on Monday and was scheduled to take seven hours. However, the procedure took nearly 20 hours due to medical complications.

The two-and-a-half-year-old craniopagus twins, or fused at the cranium, were brought to on July 14, from Milipada village in Kandhamal district of

One of the major concerns during the operation was to prevent blood loss and handle intra-operative complications, which was successfully taken care of, said an doctor. "The surgery was uneventful and there was no major blood loss or intra-operative problems."

According to doctors, ahead of this complicated surgery, the twins had to undergo numerous tests.

While conjoined twins are known to occur in about every 2,00,000 births, are rarer still, accounting for about only two per cent.

The government has sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the surgery at

Earlier, the twins had undergone medical check up at at SCB Medical College and Hospital in

First Published: Wed, August 30 2017. 04:02 IST