Indian Docs Try to Help Girl With 8 Limbs

Surgery begins on 2-year-old with rare medical condition
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2007 10:40 AM CST
Chief orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sharan Patil, heading the operation on Lakshmi, addresses the media at the Sparsh Hospital in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. The 2-year-old girl born with four arms...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Doctors in India have begun marathon surgery on a 2-year-old girl who was born with four arms and four legs, the BBC reports. Lakshmi Tatma's extra limbs are from an incompletely developed conjoined twin; her condition has drawn worldwide attention. More than 30 surgeons will work in shifts on what could be a 40-hour operation.

"I believe that Lakshmi is a miracle, a reincarnation, but she is my daughter and she cannot live a normal life like this," said the girl's mother, who had been unable to find medical care for her in their village. A Bangalore surgeon heard of her case and arranged the surgery. Villagers frequently sought blessings from the girl, who is named after the Hindu goddess of wealth.