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PostSubject: Girl separation surgery a success   Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:03 pm

Girl separation surgery a success
Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 07:53 GMT



Separation surgery on a two-year-old Indian girl who was born with four
arms and four legs has been successful, doctors say.

Lakshmi Tatma was joined at the pelvis to what was, in effect,
a headless, undeveloped twin.

A team of surgeons in the southern city of Bangalore operated on
Lakshmi for 27 hours to separate her spinal column and kidney from
that of her twin.

It is hoped the procedure will allow her to survive beyond adolescence.

"Lakshmi is stable and sound," the doctor leading the operation,
Sharan Patil, told a news conference which was shown live on
television channels across India.

'Optimistic'

"She has withstood the operation, she is safe and doing well," he said.

Lakshmi is still on ventilation.

"We will keep a close watch on her for the next 48 to 72 hours and
won't move from the hospital until she stabilises," Dr Patil said.

More than 30 doctors "worked relentlessly through the night to make the
operation successful," he said and added that there was "no setback at
any stage of the surgery".

Dr Patil said he was "optimistic about the child's survival".

The surgery began at 0700 local time (0130 GMT) on Tuesday and ended
at 1000 local time (0430 GMT) on Wednesday.

Lakshmi's parents, poor labourers from the northern Indian state of Bihar,
would be allowed to see their daughter this afternoon.

The child has been hailed by some in her village in Bihar as the
reincarnation of the multi-limbed Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.

Conjoined twins are rare, occurring in about one in every 200,000 births.

They originate from a single fertilised egg, so they are always identical
and of the same sex.

The overall survival rate of conjoined twins is somewhere between
5% and 25%.

Historical records over the past 500 years detail about 600 surviving sets
of conjoined twins - more than 70% of which have been female twins.

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PostSubject: Re: Girl separation surgery a success   Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:01 pm

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Historical records over the past 500 years detail about 600 surviving sets
of conjoined twins - more than 70% of which have been female twins.
...... so happy for her .... and just shows that we are NOT..... THE ... intelligent generation ....
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PostSubject: Lakshmi Leaves Hospital ...   Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:33 am

Indian girl born with eight limbs leaves hospital
Bangalore, India - 15 December 2007

A two-year-old Indian girl born with four arms, four legs and extra
internal organs left hospital smiling on Saturday, nearly six weeks
after doctors removed her extra limbs in a gruelling operation.

The team of around 30 medics took away 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 -- an extremely rare case.

"I cannot say how happy we are," Lakshmi's labourer father,
Shambu, told reporters as the family left Sparsh Hospital in the
southern city of Bangalore for a flight home to Bihar state.

"My daughter is going to lead a normal life. We plan to build a
temple in our village."

Lakshmi, named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth,
was expected to be in the operating theatre for 40 hours in early
November, but the surgery was completed after 27.

"Lakshmi has recovered adequately. She can now stand with help,"
said Dr Sharan Patil, the chairperson of the hospital, which said at
the time that it had paid for the treatment.

"Medically, I have no reasons to believe she will not be a normal
adult," Dr Patil added.

Doctors had said that Lakshmi, who could not walk on her deformed
limbs, would not have had much chance of living past adolescence
without undergoing surgery.

She will need what doctors termed corrective treatment at a later
date, but is being allowed home as her parents were keen to get
back to their village.

"They have been here for more than two months. We will reassess
her position when she comes back in a few months," Dr Patil said.

"Doctors have given us sufficient advice on how to take care of her
at home. I don't see any problems. People in our village are waiting
to see her," said Shambu. - Reuters

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