Lakshmi shifted to special ward from ICU

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Bangalore, Nov 13 (UNI) Two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, recovering fast from a complicated operation to remove her parasitic twin a week ago, was today shifted out of the Intensive Care Unit to a ward specially made for her.

Doctors at Sparsh Hospital here, who performed the rare surgery, said the child from the remote Rampur village on Bihar-Nepal border, was ''safe and sound'' and was recoveing fast. However, she had a long way to go before she was fully rehabilitated.

''Lakshmi has responded very well to the treatment. We have removed all the monitors and she will now rest in the special ward designed specially for her. However, the wounds are still raw. They are extensive and big as a third of her body, forming her parasitic twin, had been removed,'' Sharan S Patil, Chairman and Chief Surgeon of the hospital said.

Dr Patil said a few more things were yet to be sorted out and her both legs had been plastered to keep them together. All the parameters were normal and the child was consuming semi-solid food and various types of liquids. She also had an egg, some biscuits and bread today, he added.

Neuro Surgeon Thimmappa Hegde said the child had made significant progress and her clinical and biochemical parameters continued to be normal.

The other surgeons among the 30-member team that operated Lakshmi included Ashley D'Cruz, Yohannan John and Ashok Raj Kaul.

The entire Tatma family including parents Poonam, Shambu, her brother Mithilesh and Lakshmi were brought before the media by the doctors this afternoon and the child looked quite cheerful.

The marathon 27-hour operation had attracted worldwide attention when Lakshmi was separated from her headless parasitic twin.

Lakshmi was brought to the city last month by Dr Patil as an ischiopagus twin having two bodies joined at her pelvis. Only one of the twins had a head, while the other was a parasite. Two pairs of legs and arms were formed at either end of the two adjoining torsos, thus appearing as a child with eight limbs.


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