to correct "god's handiwork" (sarcasm)
By GAVIN RABINOWITZ, Associated Press Writer Tue Nov 6, 8:18 PM ET
BANGALORE, India - Revered by some in her village as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, a 2-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs was undergoing surgery Tuesday to leave her with a normal body.
The girl named Lakshmi is joined to a "parasitic twin" that stopped developing in the mother's womb. The surviving fetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped fetus.
A team of 30 doctors was removing the extra limbs and organs, surgery that if successful would give her a good chance to live past adolescence. They have already separated the fused spines and the next step will be to remove the extra limbs and the rest of the "parasite," said Dr. Sharan Patil, the orthopedic surgeon leading the operation.
"As of now, the child has been responding very well," Patil said several hours into the operation.
helping this little girl.
UPDATE...THE SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS!The headless "twin" was joined to Lakshmi at the pelvis and had its own spinal column and kidney. It stopped developing in her mother's womb, while Lakshmi absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the twin. This is known as a very rare condition called isciopagus.
Doctors believe that without this operation the girl would never be able to walk or crawl, and would be unlikely to live beyond her teens.