Thursday, November 08, 2007

Two-year-old Lakshmi still in ICU but stable: Doctor

A complicated 27-hour-long surgical procedure to remove a parasitic conjoined twin from Lakshmi has been completed successfully
BANGALORE: Two-year-old Lakshmi, who underwent a complex 27-hour-long surgery to part with her extra limbs, is "stable", a doctor said on Thursday.

"We have been monitoring her condition the entire night. Her essential parameters are okay," Dr Sharan Patil, who led a team of 36 surgeons to successfully complete the procedure at Sparsh Hospital on Wednesday, said.

Lakshmi is still in the Intensive Care Unit and has been put on a ventilator, Patil added.

"The next 24 to 48 hours are very critical and we need to keep close watch," he said.

According to doctors, Lakshmi, born with four arms and four legs, is a rare ischiopagus conjoined twin -- two bodies united at the pelvis. Only one of the twins has a head and the other is a parasite.

The marathon surgery on Lakshmi to remove the 'parasitic conjoined twin' began on Tuesday morning and ended.

She was brought to the Sparsh Hospital, a part of the Narayana Health City, from a village in Araria district of Bihar by her parents Shambu and Poonam on October three.

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