Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Lakshmi Tatma Survives 40 Hour Surgery; Extra Limbs & Organs Removed

Tiny Lakshmi Tatma has survived a marathon 40-hour operation by 30 doctors.

Lakshmi is two years old, and has never been able to stand or walk. She's attached to what doctors call a "parasitic twin," another baby that didn't fully develop.

She has four arms, four legs, four kidneys, two stomach cavities, tangled nerves and two chest cavities. Born in a remote village in India's Bihar, the child had to be hidden when a circus tried to buy her. .

A team of 30 doctors separated two fused spines Tuesday. The surgery in Bangalore was the little girl's only chance of living a normal life.

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