8-limbed Indian Girl

Lakshmi Tatma, who was born with four arms and four legs and was joined to what is known as a "parasitic twin" that has stopped developing in the mother's womb, has successfully underwent surgery today with an 80 percent chance that should enable her to move and walk like any ordinary child.

The £30,000 operation, which has been performed free of cost by the hospital and by a 36-stong team, was fraught with difficulty as surgeons separated Lakshmi from the headless, "parasitic" twin that was attached to her pelvis at birth.

Aside from removing four extraneous limbs, surgeons also transplanted a healthy kidney from the headless twin to Lakshmi and used bone grafts to close her pelvic bones which were set at right-angles to each other.

Her parents, Shambhu and Poonam, were "overwhelmed" to hear that the surgery had been completed successfully and were allowed to see their daughter’s for just a few minutes yesterday afternoon.

Lakshmi was named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth and was believed to be a 'gifr from God' by the inhabitants of their rural village in an eastern Indian state of Bihar when she was born.

(For the complete story, click here: Pre-surgery Post-surgery

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