June 13, 2008

Child Born With 8 Limbs is Healthy

A young Indian girl born with eight limbs is learning to function on her own after having two arms and two legs removed from her body, her mother says

Lakshmi Tatma was born in October 2005 with two sets of arms and two sets of legs in a village in northeast India's Bihar region, ABC reported Friday.

The girl became famous around the world and was honored in her village as a representative of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, who also has several limbs.

When Dr. Sharan Patil, an orthopedic surgeon at Sparsh Hospital in Bangalore, India, learned of the child, he visited her and determined the extra limbs belonged to a conjoined parasitic twin and would likely cause life-threatening health problems.

Nov. 6, 2007, Tatma underwent a massive 27-hour surgery at Sparsh Hospital to remove her extra limbs and has been recovering ever since, the report said.

Doctors say she will need follow-up surgeries on her back and feet, but she is making remarkable progress.