8-Limbed Girl Learns to Walk
2-year-old recovering well from marathon surgery to remove parasitic twin
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2008 5:32 PM CDT
Lakshmi recovers after the operation that removed her "parasitic" twin.    (Getty Images )

(Newser) – A 2-year-old Indian girl born with eight limbs and worshiped as an incarnation of a Hindu goddess is learning to walk after surgery last fall, CNN reports. Doctors say that Lakshmi Tatma continues to recover from the marathon 27-hour operation that severed a parasitic twin, but that her organs are all functional and she may even be able to have children of her own some day.

"The hero in this story is Lakshmi," said one of her neurosurgeons. "It's a little girl who withstood a formidable operation very well."