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Indian Doctors on Tuesday the 6th of November, within a span of 27 hours, successfully operated on two year-old Lakshmi, a conjoined twin born with four arms and four legs, and separated the spines. The 36-member specialist team, which operated on Lakshmi who was separated from her parasitic twin, had spent a month holding discussions and meticulously planning each and every process of the surgery. This was done at the super-specialty Sparsh Hospital. The operation was highly challenging and difficult and was planned with each component of the operation meticulously. Each Doctors team was given a specific task to look at, followed by the next team, which would do their work.

The operation, which he described as the first of its kind in India, was the product of a group effort. Weeks before the surgery, the team met frequently and discussed reports of the various tests she was subjected to, including CT scan and blood, urine and other medical tests. Pediatric surgeons separated the organs and the orthopedic surgeons reconstructed the pelvic ring, thereby completing the first stage of the surgery.

The Medical world is shocked as how this operation was done, since cases like these are very rare, maybe a dozen since Noah sailed his Ark.

Lakshmi arrived at Sparsh Hospital, a part of Narayana Health city on October 3 from a village in Araria district in Bihar and underwent a series of medical tests. Parents of Lakshmi, Shambhu, a daily wage laborer and Poonam have come with great hopes to the hospital and have reposed complete faith in the team. The girl was joined to a “parasitic twin'' who stopped developing in the mother's womb, while the surviving fetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped fetus. The rare condition is called isciopagus. The complications for Lakshmi's surgery are myriad: the two spines are merged; the girl has four kidneys, entangled nerves, two stomach cavities and two chest cavities. She cannot stand up or walk.

Her parents kept her in hiding after a circus apparently tried to buy the girl. The entire operation and the stay were free of charge, courtesy of the hospital’s foundation.


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