Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Surgery to remove extra limbs a success

November 8, 2007

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— An Indian girl born with four arms and four legs who underwent surgery to remove the extra limbs, could start to learn to walk in a few weeks' time, the chief surgeon said on Wednesday.

Officials at the Sparsh Hospital in the southern Indian city of Bangalore said earlier that the 2-year-old girl, named Lakshmi after the Hindu four-armed goddess, was in stable condition after the complex 27-hour surgery conducted by a team of 36 doctors.

"If the girl is recovering as expected, we will start her rehabilitation in a few weeks, and start to teach her to walk," Sharanu Patil, the surgeon who led the marathon surgery, said.

The girl was born attached to a parasitic twin, which ceased developing in the mother's womb. The surviving fetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the twin.

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