Octopus Girl, Lakshmi Tatma, Takes Her First Steps After The Life Saving Surgery Which Removed Her Extra Limbs.
Lakshmi Tatma, the young girl worshiped as a goddess after being born with four arms and four legs has taken her first steps since the operation to remove her extra limbs.
In an extremely rare case young Lakshmi Tatma was born with a headless conjoined twin. This parasitic twin, joined at the spine, fought Lakshmi’s body for oxygen and nutrition. (Click Here to Read the Full Article on Lakshmi Tatma, Octopus Girl)
At first the parents were reluctant to agree to the ‘life saving’ operation proposed to them by a team of doctors, believing that she was the reincarnation of the eight limbed Hindu goddess of wealth and fortune Lakshmi. But when doctors told them Lakshmi may struggle to survive through her teens, the family made the decision for their baby to undergo surgery.
Now, eight months after the 27 hour operation to remove her extra limbs, Lakshmi is learning to walk again.
Doctors say Lakshmi will need more surgery on her spine as well as corrective surgery on her legs, which are turned slightly inward. Despite the worries of further surgery, Lakshmi’s future is looking bright, she now attends school for disabled children and with help and support from the National Geographic Channel and ABC, who are monitoring her progress, Lakshmi look set to make a full recovery.
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