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Lakshmi discharged from hospital; on her way home

Dec 15, 2007 06:40 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Two-year-old baby Lakshmi has been discharged from the hospital, where she had undergone a complicated 27-hour-long surgery to have her extra limbs removed.

The entire nation prayed for her as a team of surgeons, paramedics and technicians separated her from her parasitic twin. She was born with two pairs of arms and legs.

Earlier, the doctors had said that despite the positive signs of recovery, chances of infection were high in Lakshmi's case because of surgical wounds.

Lakshmi, who was revered by people in her village as a goddess, was born joined at the pelvis to a parasitic twin that stopped developing in her mother's womb. The surviving foetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped twin.

A team of 36 surgeons operated on Lakshmi November 7, removing the extra limbs, transplanting a kidney from the twin and reconstructing Lakshmi's pelvic area.