Lakshmi Makes First Post-Op Appearance

'So far, so good,' says doc who removed Indian girl's extra limbs
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 2:58 PM CST
Shambhu, right, holds his daughter Lakshmi as her mother Poonam, left, brother Mithilesh, center, and Dr. Sharan Patil, standing center background, look on during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nearly a week after the marathon surgery to remove her two extra arms and legs, 2-year-old Lakshmi Tatma made her first public appearance today, the AP reports. The girl appeared healthy and alert before the Indian media, although her legs are in casts and doctors say she will need additional treatment, and possibly more surgery, for clubbed feet.

"She is coping very well and she is stable," said the chief surgeon of Lakshmi's medical team. "We still have things to do, but so far, so good." Lakshmi will continue to be monitored closely as her surgical wounds heal. Doctors reported she had begun eating solid food again.