A pair of two-year-old twins has become the toughest challenge for a group of doctors at AIIMS after they got admitted to the hospital on Saturday. Jagannath and Balram, the Odisha twins are joined at the head.
A group of expert is at present busy doing several kind of medical examination and assesing the possibility to perform the first ever craniopagus surgery in India to seperate the twin.
According to Dr AK Mahapatra, chief of neuro sciences centre at AIIMS, Jagannath and Balram are at present undergoing a series of tests such as MRI, CT scan, to determine the feasibility of the surgery.
"They are craniopagus twins, that is who are connected at the head. This is a rare condition. It is very difficult at this stage to say if surgery is feasible to separate them. They will undergo several tests in the next 10-12 days after which we will decide," Dr. Mahapatra was quoted while interacting with reporters.
Being asked about the same Dr Deepak Gupta, professor of neurosurgery said, "Also, there is less than a 20 per cent chance of survival among those who undergo this surgery. Such operations are extremely challenging and doctors from plastic surgery, paediatric surgery, anaesthetists and radiologists, among others, will be involved."
Both the children were accompanied by their parents who have expressed their hope over the matter and believe that the doctors will make the surgery successful.
"We have come all the way from Odisha with a hope that the lives of our children will be transformed after the surgery. The rest is up to god, we human beings can only hope for the best," Jagannath and Balram's mother stated.
The twins have also received special medical facilities from Railway Ministry and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has himself ensured the matter while the two were travelling on the Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani to Delhi.
Craniopagus is a very rare kind of surgery and only 59 such surgeries have been conducted in the world since 1973 while the most recent one taken place in New York in November, 2016.