'Lakshmi moved out of ICU, coping well'
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'Lakshmi moved out of ICU, coping well'

Doctors say two-yr-old Lakshmi, who underwent a complex surgery to remove her extraneous parts, is making progress.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2007 04:26 IST

Two-year-old Lakshmi, who underwent a complex surgery to remove her extraneous parts, was on Tuesday moved out of the ICU and is making "good progress", doctors said.

"We have moved her out of the ICU, and she will be off all monitoring systems. She is very stable, coping very well and being carried by her parents," said Dr Sharan Patil, Chief Paediatric Surgeon and Chairman of Sparsh Hospital, where the surgery was conducted on November 7.

The little girl from Bihar, with eight limbs due to her 'parasitic twin' fused to her body at the pelvis, underwent a 27-hour surgery to remove her extraneous limbs and restructure some of her body parts.

"We still have a long way to go in terms of rehabilitating her," Dr Patil said adding Lakshmi's legs are in plaster to hold her feet in position.

"The wounds are extensive and raw and will need time to heal. At the moment, we are paying a lot of attention to healing of the wounds," he said.

"Though we are out of the woods as far as critical care is concerned, there are small issues which need to be sorted as we go long," said Dr Ashley D'Cruz, chief pediatric surgeon.

According to chief plastic surgeon Dr Ashok Koul, "a little bit of physiotherapy has already begun but it will take at least three weeks for actual physiotherapy to start, since Lakshmi's wounds still have to heal."

Describing the surgery as a memorable experience, Dr D'Cruz said they were "happy to be of help to a child like Lakshmi".

"Medically, it has been a very satisfying experience. The fact that such a challenging surgery has been accomplished has sent a message across the country that such a complicated operation is possible," Dr Foul said.

First Published: Nov 14, 2007 04:24 IST