By Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, October 27, 2017: The condition of the conjoined twins from Odisha, Jaga & Kalia, who were successfully separated after nearly 18-hours of surgery at New Delhi based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is still critical.

Both the children have been put on the ventilator inside the ICU and the next fortnight is going to be critical for the twin brothers even as prayers are pouring in from across Odisha.

A special team comprising of 20 surgeons including four Odia doctors and 10 anesthesiologists led by AK Mahapatra and other paramedical staff successfully conducted the separation surgery of the conjoined twins.

The team made it clear that it is an extremely complex case and performing surgery was next to impossible as such condition is reported once in 25 lakh cases while the survival rate is also very minimal.

“We have done the surgery but it is still a long journey for the children. It is the rarest of surgeries and all of us in team are positive and with prayers of millions of people in Odisha and country, we hope it will be successful,” Mahapatra told media persons at New Delhi.

Post-operative management still remains a concern, according to doctors.