Goddess Has Her Godliness Removed To Make Her Mortal
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Eight-limbed girl has headless twin removed
By Richard Holt and Peter Foster in New Delhi
Last Updated: 2:27am GMT 08/11/2007
Doctors in India have successfully completed an operation to remove the extra arms and legs from a two-year-old girl born with eight limbs.
A team of 30 medics at a Bangalore hospital worked through the day and night but managed to compele the complex separation much faster than the 40 hours they had predicted.
Lakshmi with her mother Poonam before the 24-hour operation
Lakshmi Tatma was born joined to what is known as a “headless parasitic twin” which stopped developing in the mother’s womb. Locals in the northern state of Bihar believed the girl was “sent from God” when she was born to a poor rural family.
She was named after the Hindu goddess of wealth who has four arms. Dr Sharan Patil, the consultant orthopaedic surgeon leading the operation, said the risky operation on the girl, who cannot walk and was not expected to live beyond adolescence, was worth it. Beyond our expectations, the reconstruction worked wonderfully well,” he said.
Poonam Tatma, Lakshmi’s mother, said: “We have been told that she can lead a normal life after the operation. I am just praying for her.” As well as removing the extra limbs, the girl’s deformed pelvis and spine were corrected, and redundant extra organs removed. Lakshmi will stay in intensive care for 48 hours and remain in hospital under observation for several days. The girl’s parents, who earn about 50p a day as casual labourers and are both in their twenties, were turned away by a government hospital when they asked for help to increase Lakshmi’s chances of survival. They were brought to Bangalore after Dr Patil visited their village. “We tried to take Lakshmi to hospital but they turned us away and said nothing could be done,” Mrs Tatma said. “We saved money and even went to Delhi but the hospitals there turned us away too. “Lakshmi had never once seen a doctor until Dr Patil came to our village and took an interest in our case.” The hospital in Bangalore is covering the estimated £100,000 cost of the operation.