Girl with eight limbs to have surgery

iBlue

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Wow!

Doctors in India are attempting rare surgery to give a chance of a normal life to a two-year-old child who was born with four arms and four legs.

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

A team of surgeons in the southern city of Bangalore will be working in shifts to separate Lakshmi's spinal column and kidney from that of her twin.

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

"We have just about started the surgery, opened the abdomen so it's very early days yet," the doctor leading the operation, Sharan Patil, told the BBC's World Today programme.

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Stampyhead

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That poor little baby. I hope the doctors can help her so she can live some semblance of a normal life. It's unbelievable that the circus actually tried to buy her from her parents...
 
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wwooden

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That poor little baby. I hope the doctors can help her so she can live some semblance of a normal life. It's unbelievable that the circus actually tried to buy her from her parents...
Not very hard to figure out what her show name might be...............
 
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lofight

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that's sad, I hope that the operation goes well and that she can lead a normal life.
 
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GSMiller

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I didn't mean it in a mean way....

But yea I can see how it was seen that way. I hope she pulls out okay! I couldn't imagine...
 
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Stampyhead

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........Spidergirl?
She's so cute, but I will admit that one of the pictures of her I saw reminded me of Maggie Simpson in the Halloween episode when she sprouted tentacles... I would post a picture but I don't want to be accused of being heartless.
 
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lamerlizer

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from the news it seems that she was welcomed by the villagers

well i thought it would be great to have an extra pair of hands for multi tasking though...
 
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Linkjeniero

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That poor little baby. I hope the doctors can help her so she can live some semblance of a normal life. It's unbelievable that the circus actually tried to buy her from her parents...
Also, some people of the village were not happy about the operation, since they believe this girl is the reincarnation of the goddess Lakshimi. Here's a picture:



Apparently, the parents believe so too, but they know their baby would not last long like this, so thankfully they decided to operate her anyway. Hopefully she will have a normal life after the operation.
 
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