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Yes! Lakshmi Tatma is Walking

Eight-limbed Lakshmi Tatma takes big step

Article from Telegraph.co.uk

Last Updated: 7:32pm GMT 18/02/2008

Lakshmi Tatma, the Indian girl born with eight limbs, has recovered from major surgery and taken her first steps – albeit with the aid of a baby-walker.

The two-year-old underwent a 27-hour operation in November to remove the two arms and two legs of her parasitic twin.

Eight-limbed Lakshmi Tatma takes big step

The operation was carried out after Dr Sharan Patil, a orthopaedic surgeon from Bangalore, took an interest in Lakshmi’s case after hearing that her parents, who each earned just 50p a day as labourers, had been turned away from government hospitals.

Lakshmi’s mother, Poonam, said her daughter – who was named after the six-limbed Hindu goddess – knew she was now closer to being a “normal child”.

“Lakshmi always knew she was different. After the operation she instinctively started behaving like a normal child – it’s like she had always been waiting for the opportunity,” Mrs Tatma told Channel 4.

“When she was put in the baby walker she started pushing herself backwards with her legs and burst into laughter with a huge grin on her face. She loves it.

“Every day since she left hospital she’s managed to do more and more things that were impossible before.

“The change in Lakshmi’s life is amazing. It’s hard to believe that three months ago she couldn’t move or even crawl, we thought she would never have a normal life.”

What remarkable progress in the life of an extraordinary little girl. I’ve posted many pictures and written extensively about her here, here and here.

Again I thank God for the knowledge and skill He gives to doctors across the globe, and for the caring nature of these physicians and other medical staff. My congratulations go to her loving, dedicated family…and to this charming, courageous child.

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Lakshmi Tatma’s Press Conference

She grabbed my heart as soon as I saw Lakshmi and learned her story. I’ve written of her before and have closely followed her progress as doctors in India performed stunning surgical operations to perfect her body. She was born with a parasitic twin, having four arms and four legs. The outcome of her surgery last week exceeded the doctor’s expectations.

We joined the world and prayed.

Yesterday, her family held a press conference. No doubt relieved, but obviously ill-at-ease her family is pictured here.

From CNN — Two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, an Indian toddler born with four arms and four legs, made her first public appearance Tuesday, a week after surgeons in India successfully removed her additional limbs.

 

 

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Doctors said Lakshmi was recovering well as she appeared Tuesday at a news conference.

 

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From CNN

Lakshmi, wearing a plaster cast on her legs to keep her feet up and her legs together to help her wounds heal, was carried into a news conference Tuesday as her doctors announced she was being released from intensive care.

“She is coping very well,” lead surgeon Dr. Sharan Patil said. “She is being carried around by her mother and her father.”

Several of her doctors, all of them smiling, described her recovery over the past week “very steady and good progress,” one saying she is “out of the woods” as far as serious medical issues are concerned. Video Watch the recovering little girl meet the media ยป

From the Associated Press

Some of the pictures are graphic.

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  • Nov. 13: 1 Father Shambhu, right, holds his daughter Lakshmi as Dr. Sharan Patil, left, looks on during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital in Banglore, India. Swathed in blankets and lying on her father’s lap, Lakshmi, appeared before reporters without the extra limbs which had led some people in her rural village to revere her as an incarnation of the four-armed goddess she was named after.
  • Nov. 13: Shambhu, center, holds his daughter Lakshmi during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital in Banglore, India.
  • Nov. 13: Shambhu, right, holds his daughter Lakshmi as her mother Poonam, left, looks on during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital in Banglore, India.
  • Nov. 13: Shambhu, right, holds his daughter Lakshmi as her mother Poonam, left, looks on during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital in Banglore, India

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