Conjoined twins Sita and Gita will get a chance to live separate lives after surgeons at Batra Hospital agreed to separate them for free.
The overall survival rate of conjoined twins can be as low as 25 %, but the chances of the girl’s survival are higher because they do not share any vital organs such as the brain, heart, lungs or kidneys.
“Based on the extent of fusion and the number of shared organs, the survival rate goes up or down,” said Dr Rohit Nayar, plastic surgeon, Batra Hospital, after studying the reports of the high-resolution CT scan and a DTPA renal scan under anaesthesia on Tuesday morning.
The 18-months-old twins from Patna (Bihar) were born joined at the hip to Subhash and Nirmala Mukhia, who have three older children.
The father, who is a labourer, arrived in Delhi on Monday with his wife and the twins on an overnight train from Patna.
“My daughters cannot stand or walk like other children. They require constant attention as their condition makes it difficult for them to do anything independently,” said Nirmala, the twins’ mother.
Sita and Gita share a common genital and urinary tract, lower intestinal opening and pelvic and hip bones. They are also severely malnourished, weighing 11 kg, which is half of what they should.
The Mukhias had given up hope for their daughters when they heard that the surgery would cost Rs 6 lakh.
“Dr Ajay Kumar, a paediatrician, referred us to Batra Hospital. I can’t afford expensive surgeries,” said Mukhia.
“The initial results have made us more confident of success. We need to evaluate the twins from head to toe to rule out possible complications,” said Dr Arvind Sabbarwal, paediatric surgeon, Batra Hospital.
The doctors will fix a date for the surgery by the end of this week.