Five-year-old Kalia, one of the conjoined twins from Odisha's Kandhamal district who was separated from the head at AIIMS in New Delhi, died at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Wednesday night.
In a tweet in Odia, Pradhan said, “I am saddened to hear that two of the twin brothers in Kandhamal district have died while undergoing treatment. Despite all efforts, Kalia's life could not be saved. I express my condolence to Kalia's parents and family in this hour of sadness”.
According to sources, Kalia was on ventilator support for the last two days after his condition deteriorated and a team of doctors were monitoring his health condition.
Born to Bhuan Kanhar and Puspanjali Kanhar of Milipada village in Kandhamal district, the twins- Jaga and Kalia, were suffering from a rare craniopagus disorder. They were admitted to Delhi AIIMS in July, 2017 with the help of Odisha government.
Later, the conjoined twins were separated at the Delhi AIIMS in October 2017.
Neurosurgeons Prof Ashok Kumar Mohapatra and Dr Deepak Kumar Gupta had led the successful surgery at the AIIMS in two stages. Following separation, the twins stayed under doctors’ watch in the premier hospital of the country for over a year.
Later, the Craniopagus twins returned to Odisha and were admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in September 2019.