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Spines separated, Lakshmi stable

Doctors at Sparsh Hospital on Tuesday began a 40-hour-long surgical procedure to separate two-year-old Lakshmi from her parasitic twin and give her a new life, if all goes according to plan, reports Vidya Krishnan.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2007 02:42 IST
Vidya Krishnan

Doctors at Sparsh Hospital on Tuesday began a 40-hour-long surgical procedure to separate two-year-old Lakshmi from her parasitic twin and give her a new life, if all goes according to plan.

From what the surgical team had to say, things are going fine.

The surgery began with neurologists operating on the fused spines of Lakshmi and the parasitic twin. “We have separated the spines but have not pulled them apart yet. The surgery is going smoothly and by the end of the day, we will mobilise the internal organs. We are looking at separating the parasitic twin today itself,” said hospital chairman Dr Sharan Patil.

Were there complications? A kidney from the twin had to be placed back in Lakshmi and the intestines separated, Dr Patil said. “All that’s needed from the twin has been taken. We are optimistic we will be able to separate them by the end of the day.”

Once that is done, the orthopaedic surgeons will take over, cutting the bones and reconstructing a pelvic ring. Then it’s over to the plastic surgeons, who will reconstruct pelvic tissues. “The extra excretory bowel in the parasitic twin will be closed. We intend to achieve this by tomorrow,” the hospital spokesperson said.

Lakshmi’s mother Poonam had to be sedated as she kept breaking down, but her father was handling the situation well, Patil said.