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Monday, 30 October 2017 - 12:35
Separated twin 'opens eyes' in India
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One of the twin boys who was conjoined at the head has opened his eyes four days after a historic surgery to separate them in India, a doctor says.
 
Two-year-old Jaga has also responded to simple commands, including moving his limbs. He is on a ventilator and needs daily dialysis due to kidney problems.
 
His brother, Kalia, is not yet conscious and has suffered seizures.
 
The boys were born with shared blood vessels and brain tissues and a 16-hour surgery separated them.
 
A team of 30 doctors carried out the operation - the first of its kind in India - at a state-run hospital in the capital, Delhi.
 
The boys, from a village in the eastern Orissa state, were joined at the head – a condition known as craniopagus. They born with shared brain tissue and blood vessels.
 
They have now been moved to an intensive care unit and the next steps will involve reconstructing their skulls.
 
"Though initially, Jaga was healthier, now his condition has deteriorated. Kalia is better," he added.
 
Craniopagus occurs in one in three million births and 50 percent of those affected die within 24 hours.
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