A two-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs was set to undergo extensive surgery Tuesday in southern India to remove the extra limbs, media reports say.
The girl is joined to a "parasitic twin" who stopped developing in the
mother's womb. The surviving foetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys
and other body parts of the undeveloped foetus. The rare condition is
The girl, Lakshmi, is named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of
wealth. Some people in her poor village in the northern state of
Bihar revere her as a goddess.
Others sought to make money from her. Her parents, Shambhu and
Poonam, kept her in hiding after a circus apparently tried to buy the
girl, according to a report in the Hindustan Times. The members of the
family only go by their first names.
Paediatric surgeon Dr Sharan Patil from Sparsh Hospital in Bangalore
heard of the girl and offered to operate for free. A team of 30 doctors
will participate in the surgery, aimed at removing the extra limbs and
organs with hopes that Lakshmi will have a normal anatomy at the end of
The complications for Lakshmi's surgery are myriad: the two spines
are merged, the girl has four kidneys, entangled nerves, two stomach
cavities and two chest cavities. She cannot stand up or walk. – (Sapa-AP)
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