Lakshmi is stable and recovering fast, says doctors

November 14th, 2007 - 10:18 am ICT by admin  
Doctor Sharan Patil, who successfully performed the operation along with a team of over two dozens doctors, said that Lakshmi is stable and recovering fast.

“The baby was found to be stable and that was a momentous moment for us because we suddenly could see Laksmi with only two limbs, two legs and two arms which was something we envisioned,” said Patil.

Lakshmi’s father Shambhu is hoping that she would lead a normal life.

“I have been told that she has two hands and two legs. I am very happy and have total confidence on the doctors. I have seen her only on the TV,” said Shambhu.

Lakshmi was born with four arms, four legs and extra internal organs.

A team of around 30 medicos had removed what amounted to Lakshmi Tatma’s headless identical twin sister who was joined at the pelvis and who did not develop and separate properly in the womb.

The long and risky operation began on Tuesday. Lakshmi was expected to be in the operating theatre for 40 hours, but the surgery was over within 27 hours.

Doctors said the surgery was worth the risk, saying that Lakshmi, who could not walk on her deformed limbs, would have otherwise little chance of living past adolescence.

The operation is considered extremely complicated and rare in the medical history of the country. (ANI)

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