Update Video: Laksmi Tatma is fully recovering after the surgery. The video is her first public experience after 27 hours surgery.
Lakshmi Tatma is born with four arms and four legs in a poor rural village Diuri in Gaya district of Bihar,India.The blogosphere is referring her as “girl with eight limbs” or “8 limbed girl” or “8 limbed baby” or “Lakshmi”.
This rare condition is known as “parasitic twin”.
From Wikipedia :
A parasitic twin (also known as an asymmetrical or unequal conjoined twin) is the result of the processes that produce vanishing twins and conjoined twins, and may represent a continuum between the two. Parasitic twins occur when a twin embryo begins developing in utero, but the pair does not fully separate, and one embryo maintains dominant development at the expense of the other. Unlike conjoined twins, one ceases development during gestation and is vestigial to a mostly fully-formed, otherwise healthy individual twin. The undeveloped twin is defined as parasitic, rather than conjoined, because it is incompletely formed or wholly dependent on the body functions of the complete fetus.
Lakshmi Tatma Video:
Even though Tatma is regarded as Hindu goddess of the multi-limbed Vishnu’s reincarnation, with her condition not treated she can not walk or crawl and is unlikely to survive her teens without surgery.The X-ray pictures of her shows how the two bodies of Lakshmi Tatma are joined at the pelvis.She is set to undergo 40 hours of surgery at the hands of Dr Sharan Patil at Narayana Health City, in Bangalore with a team of 30 surgeons working in eight-hour shifts to remove the legs.Hospital foundation is generous to pay for the surgery that amounts to Indian rupees 1 crore (i.e. more than US $200,000).