Former Eight-Limbed Girl Doing Well, Surgeon Says

Published June 19, 2008

| FoxNews.com

The Indian toddler who was born with eight limbs is “functioning well” eight months after surgeons removed her extra limbs, Dr. Sharan Patil told FOX News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly Tuesday night.

Lakshmi Tatma was born joined at the pelvis to a “parasitic twin” that stopped developing in her mother’s womb. The twin had no head or brain, said Patil, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who led Lakshmi’s 27-hour operation, but Lakshmi absorbed the twin’s limbs, kidneys and other body parts.

“There was a high risk of losing the baby,” but the surgery had to be done, Patil said.

National Geographic has documented Lakshmi’s story, which will be featured on TV at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 22.

Click here to watch a preview of the documentary.

During the Nov. 7 surgery, which took place at the Sparsh hospital in Bangladore, India, surgeons removed Lakshmi’s extra limbs, transplanted a kidney from the twin and reconstructed the girl’s pelvic area.

Lakshmi is able to move around with the use of a walker and is “almost normal,” Patil said.

However, she will require more surgeries and rehabilitation, especially as she grows, Patil added.

Lakshmi was named for the six-limbed Hindu goddess who represented wealth and prosperity.

Click here to watch Patil on the O’Reilly Factor.

Click here to see a photo of Lakshmi with her family before the surgery.

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