Two sets of conjoined twins admitted to AIIMS

Two sets of conjoined twins have been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, nearly nine months after doctors at the premier institute successfully separated a pair of twins from Odisha.

Condition evaluated

The two sets of twins — one from Uttar Pradesh and the other from Delhi — are joined at the hip and a team of experts is evaluating their condition, a senior doctor at the hospital said on Thursday.

The children are under the supervision of Professor Minu Bajpai of the Department of Paediatric Surgery at the hospital.

The twins from UP are nearly three-month-old and were admitted to AIIMS on June 30. The twins from Delhi are less than one-month-old. They were referred to AIIMS by Swami Dayanand Hospital.

Doctors at AIIMS said they are studying the complexities in the anatomy of all the babies.

“We are investigating both cases,” one of the doctors said.

Doctors at the premier hospital had last year performed a surgery in two phases to separate conjoined twins Jaga and Kalia from Odisha.

The first phase of the surgery was performed on August 28, when doctors created a venous bypass to separate the veins shared by the babies that returned blood to the heart from the brain.

21-hour surgery

The final separation of the twins in 21-hour-long surgery was carried out by a team of around 30 specialists from the institute’s Neurosurgery, Neuro Anaesthesia and Plastic Surgery Departments on October 25.

The twins from Odisha are still at AIIMS.

A senior doctor at the hospital said Jaga and Kalia are likely to be discharged soon.

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