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First separated New Year for Odisha conjoined twins

New Delhi: Having battled the impossible, Jaga and Kalia, the conjoined twins from Odisha's Kandhamal, will for the first time usher in a New Year 'separately', albeit from a hospital ward.
It's been two months and five days since the twins, who were joined in the head, underwent a marathon 21-hour-long separation surgery after which their lives hung in balance for almost a month.
While Jaga kept showing a steady progress, Kalia's road to recovery has rather been a bumpy ride with his condition deteriorating on quite a few occasions to the extent that his survival seemed difficult.
But the steely determination of the doctors and the unflinching faith of the parents bore results and Kalia is off ventilator now for the last three weeks.
Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi where the surgery was carried out, said Kalia is also showing improvement now.
"He is being fed via ryles tube and is also accepting liquids orally in small amount. He often smiles at parents and probably understands things too," Dr Guleria said.
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