Dr. Ashok Mahapatra thanks Odisha CM, media for supporting Jaga-Balia

KalingaTV News Network

New Delhi: Dr. Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, Chief of the Neurosciences Centre in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Thursday extended his gratitude to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for extending financial support to conjoined twins Jaga-Balia for their surgery.

“We thank Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for granting Rs 1 core towards the surgery of the conjoined twins Jaga-Balia from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” said Dr. Mohapatra while addressing a press conference here this afternoon.

Dr. Ashok also thanked the Odisha media for reporting and highlighting the issue and thanked the people of the state for their benevolent prayer for the successful surgery of the conjoined twins of Milipada village under Phiringia block in Kandhamal district.

However, Dr Mahapatra admitted that the operation was a great challenge for them.

The second phase surgery concluded yesterday late evening took around 16 hours. As many as 20 surgeons, 10 anesthesiologists, four faculties from Neurosurgery, three faculties Neuroanaesthesia and three faculties from Cadiac Anaesthesia and more than 20 residents of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery and Neuroanaesthesia were engaged during the surgery.

Besides Dr Mahapatra, 3 Odia doctors Mihir Prakash Pandia, Girija Prasad Rath and Sambhu Nath Das were in the team of doctors that conducted the separation surgery of the conjoined twins Jaga-Kalia.

Both the babies are reportedly stable and have been kept in ICU.

The conjoined twins of Odisha were admitted in the hospital on July 14 and were kept under observation till the first operation which was conducted on August 28. A team of 40 doctors had successfully conducted the first operation.

Notably, Odisha government came forward to help the conjoined twins following repeated reports on the plight of Jaga-Balia aired by Kalinga TV.

Kalinga TV had highlighted their suffering in November 2016 and then on June 7, 2017 on Kalinga Bandhu programme. Later, other media houses took up the case.

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