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Lakshmi stable but infection risk high, says docs

Nov 10, 2007 10:23 PM IST India India
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Bangalore: Two-year-old Lakshmi who underwent a 27-hour surgery to have her extra limbs removed is stable and has been taken off the ventilator. She has started drinking water and milk but she will most likely remain in the ICU for the next 24 hours. "She has been given oral food and she has digested it. She will be shifted out of the ICU in a couple of days," head of the 36-member team that operated on Lakshmi at Sparsh Hospital, Dr Sharan Patil said. Lakshmi’s father Shambhu says, “We are very happy with her progress". Doctors say that despite the positive signs, chances of infection are high in Lakshmi's case due to the surgical wounds being fresh. And though things have progressed according to plan, it’s just the beginning of Lakshmi's journey to recovery. Lakshmi was born in a village in Araria district in Bihar with four arms and four legs, and had a parasitic headless twin fused with her body at the pelvis.