8 Limbed Girl Undergoes Massive Surgery

BANGALORE, India (AP) — A two-year-old Indian girl born with four arms and four legs regained consciousness Friday, wiggled her toes and smiled at her parents, 48 hours after massive surgery removed the extra limbs, doctors said.

Lakshmi, who has been revered by some in her village as a reincarnation of the four-armed Hindu goddess she was named for, was still in intensive care. Lakshmi was born joined at the pelvis to a “parasitic twin” that stopped developing in her mother’s womb. The surviving fetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped fetus.

On Wednesday, a team of more than 30 surgeons concluded the 24-hour operation, removing the extra limbs, transplanting a kidney from the twin and reconstructing Lakshmi’s pelvic area. Doctors said the complicated surgery was a great success, meaning she would not need further major reconstructive surgery. However, Lakshmi will need further treatments and possible surgery for clubbed feet before she will be able to walk.

Children born with deformities in deeply traditional rural parts of India such as the remote village in the northern state of Bihar that Lakshmi hails from are often viewed as reincarnated gods. But some had sought to make money from Lakshmi. Her parents kept her in hiding after a circus apparently tried to buy the girl, they said.

“They say she is going to be back to normal, I believe them,” said her father Shambhu, who goes by one name. “I have just these doctors to thank for this miracle. It is a debt I could never repay.”

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5 Responses to 8 Limbed Girl Undergoes Massive Surgery

  1. safeea says:

    me wannar show me perents about this

  2. kristen says:

    aww i feel real sorry for her…i hope her surgery will go well.. bless her heart…
    please inform me if she is well or not…she is such a pretty girl… i hope everything is alright now!!!!!!!

  3. stella says:

    oh my god! i hope the girl will be al right and would get wll soon. please inform me.

  4. pancha says:

    i am so sirry about her
    bless her
    and recover soon

  5. Ravi says:

    Oh its really very shocking to hear about…..God bless that child…..Lots of love from my side to you lakshmi:)

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