Naveen Expresses Grief Over Demise Of Separated Conjoined Twin Kalia

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief over the death of separated conjoined twin Kalia, who passed away yesterday at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack while undergoing treatment.

Expressing condolence, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said “Kalia’s death despite efforts and best treatment provided by doctors, is very disheartening. Praying for peace of the departed soul. May god give strength to the bereaved family members in this difficult time.”

The CM also prayed for good health of Jaga, twin brother of the deceased.

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Kalia was kept on ventilator support for the last two days. However, he succumbed yesterday.

Jaga and Kalia, the conjoined twins who were separated after surgery in 2017, at AIIMS, New Delhi returned to Odisha in September 2019 after spending two years at the AIIMS in New Delhi. Since then they were admitted at SCB Medical College and Hospital.

Born to Bhuan Kanhar and Puspanjali Kanhar of Milipada in Odisha’s Kandhamal district, the twins were suffering from a rare craniopagus disorder. They were admitted to Delhi AIIMS on July 13, 2017, with the help of Odisha government.

The craniopagus twins were joined at head and were separated after a marathon of complicated surgeries in 2017. A special team of doctors performed two phases of marathon cranial separation surgeries- one on August 28 and the second on October 25, 2019 to separate the conjoined twins.

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