(The Gist of PIB) Craniopagus Surgery [SEPTEMBER-2019]
India’s only successfully separated craniopagus twins from Odisha Jagga and Balia were discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), two years after they were admitted, operated and started on rehabilitation at the hospital.
The toddlers were born with fused brain and skull, a condition known as craniopagus.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that this is the rarest of the rare surgery and it can be called ‘AIIMS Delhi Jagga and Balia craniopagus surgery’.
He said this was the first successful craniopagus conjoined twin separation surgery from India wherein both the children had survived. Worldwide only 10-15 children have survived after surgical separation of this condition in the last 50 years.