Friday, March 12, 2010

Six Limbed Girl

BANGALORE, India — A 2-year-old girl who was born with four arms and four legs showed the first signs of movement Thursday following a marathon operation to remove the extra limbs, doctors said. The girl, Lakshmi, was being kept sedated in the intensive care unit at a hospital in the southern Indian city of Bangalore during what doctors said was a critical 72-hour period following the operation."Lakshmi has moved her toes and hands for the first time and opened her eyes briefly," Dr. Sharan Patil, the head surgeon, told reporters."She is progressing in the right direction," he said. Patil said doctors were slowly reducing the amount of sedatives, but she was still breathing on a respirator.Doctors were still cautious, however. "She is a 2-year-old girl who has undergone massive surgery, we have to watch and wait," said Dr. Mamatha Patil, a Sparsh Hospital spokeswoman

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