Techtonic 2019

The shape of things to come

Imagine printing a heart to save the life of a loved one. It may seem far-fetched but we are getting there taking small, bold steps

Photographs by Faisal Magray

In October 2017, history was made at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi. Doctors at the country’s premier medical college and hospital separated a pair of 28-month-old craniopagus (joined at the head) twins, Jaganath and Balram, from Odisha, after a two-stage, 48-hour marathon surgery. Deepak Kumar Gupta, paediatric neurosurgeon who led the team along with well-known neurosurgeon AK Mahapatra, is clinical in his summing up. He says, “So far, only six cases of conjoined twins have been reported in India. This is the first time we could save both the children.”