Nov 7, 2007

Doctors removed extra limbs from the eight-limbed girl

A good news for all, who were tracking the news about the Eight-limbed girl from India. After a hard 27-hour surgery, Doctors on wednesday successfully removed the extra limbs from a two-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs, in India.

A team of 36 doctors at a multi-speciality hospital covering a range of specialities from paediatric to plastic surgery were involved in separating the 'parasitic conjoined twin' in a rare and risky operation, the first of its kind in India.

Lakshmi was born fused at the pelvis to a 'parasitic twin' that stopped developing in the mother's womb. The surviving foetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped foetus. Her medical condition occurs in one in 50,000 conjoined twin births.

"The operation on Lakshmi has been successfully completed. She is stable and has been shifted to the ICU where she will be closely monitored for the next 48 to 72 hours which will be critical," Dr Sharan Patil, the paediatric surgeon who headed the medical team told PTI. Link


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