Lakshmi recognises parents, says doctor

November 14th, 2007 - 10:24 am ICT by admin  

“She was able to recognise her parents, Shambhu and Poonam, when they were allowed to meet her in the intensive care unit (ICU). She also waved to the doctors,” chief anaesthetist Yohannan John said.

He further said that Lakshmi’s body is responding to drugs being administered to stabilise her.

“Though she is on liquid diet and is being fed intravenously, she is able to sip water orally. Her body is also responding to the drugs being administered to stabilise her condition and prevent any infection,” John added.

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

A team of around 30 medicos had removed what amounted to Lakshmi’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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