NEW DELHI: Conjoined twins Sita and Gita, who have been recuperating at Batra Hospital since they were separated over a month ago, have been declared fit to go home and embark on life as two separate individuals.
“The children have done remarkably well. Post-operative recovery has been fast, weight gain has been more than satisfactory and there are no other complications. The twins are absolutely fine and will be discharged soon. We will also institute a rehabilitation programme for them,” said Batra Hospital and Research Centre CEO Dr. Sanjeev Bagai at a press conference here on Wednesday.
Critical care specialist Dr. Pawan Gurha, one of the doctors who attended on Sita and Gita during their surgery, said: “The children have performed well on all parameters and their post-operative recovery has been consistent with the way things went during the surgery.”
Surgeries to separate conjoined twins have been few and far between. Very few cases have been successfully operated upon worldwide and in India the number of such surgeries performed is almost negligible. Sita and Gita's surgery has been a success story. Doctors attending on them feel that the reconstructed parts have now healed completely and the twins might be discharged soon.
The conjoined twins had undergone a 14-hour-long surgery at Batra Hospital that resulted in their separation. As many as 27 specialists including paediatric surgeons, critical care specialists and plastic surgeons were involved in the surgery. The twins, who were born fused, had common intestinal and urinary tracts. Also parts of their pelvises, spines, hipbones and legs were fused. The surgery involved separating their spines and pelvises as also the intestines followed by splitting of the common faecal tract.
“The intestines and the genito–urinary tracts have healed well. The twins are doing well on other parameters as well. The surgery has been a resounding success,” said Batra Hospital paediatric surgeon Dr. Arvind Sabbharwal.
“I have been tracking the twins' progress for more than a month now and I am happy to note that they have made a speedy recovery. All of us can now look forward to Sita and Gita leading normal lives,” added Dr. Rohit Nayar, a plastic surgeon at the hospital.