by VR Sreeraman on  November 7, 2007 at 2:51 PM General Health News
Marathon Surgery Successfully Completed on 'Parasitic Conjoined Twin'
Lakshmi, a two-year-old girl with eight limbs, has successfully come out of a 40-hour long complicated surgery that separated her from her 'parasitic conjoined twin'.

A team of over 30 neurosurgeons successfully operated on Lakshmi's fused spine.

'The surgery has been successful and Lakshmi is stable,' said a doctor at the Sparsh Hospital, Bangalore, in Southern India.

Lakshmi, who is presently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, is under observation for a few more days.

Her parents are being provided with updates and do hope their daughter will lead a normal life like other children.

Laxmi's parents received help from Dr. Sharan Patil, who agreed to operate on the child free of cost.

A team of 36 doctors, including 16 specialists, began the operation on Tuesday morning.

Laxmi is a case of an Ischiopagus Tetrapus, or twin joined at the pelvis.

The incidence of such conjoined twins is one in 50,000.

Dr. Patil said the head of the other twin was missing, which made it a parasite.

Doctors faced the challenge of removing the parasite from Laxmi's body.

Laxmi was born to a poor family in a small village in Bihar's Araria District.

Villagers initially considered her an incarnation of Goddess Laxmi, but after sometime realised she was unwell and needed help.

Source: ANI

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