Octopus Girl – Lakshmi Tatma pictured below was born joined to a parasitic twin and the octopus-limbed girl is undergoing surgery to remove four of her 8 limbs.
Here’s a picture of the so-called “Octopus Girl”
Complications for the “octopus girl” born with 8 limbs are major: Lakshmi’s two spines are merged, she has four kidneys, entangled nerves, two stomach cavities and two chest cavities, plus she cannot stand up or walk because of the extra limbs.
Doctors are removing Lakshmi’s extra limbs and organs so she’ll have a normal anatomy, said Dr. Patil Mamatha of Sparsh Hospital in Bangalore India. There is a 25% chance the eight-limbed girl will not survive the 40-hour operation which involves 30 surgeons working in teams around the clock to save her.
The octopus girl, Lakshmi Tatma, is named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth, and some in her poor village in the northern state of Bihar revere her as a goddess.
Others sought to make money from her. Her parents, Shambhu and Poonam, hid her after a circus apparently tried to buy the girl, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
Octopus Girl Surgery Video
The hospital is providing the surgery and followup medical care free to her family, so little Lakshmi has a chance to be healthy little girl.
And that’s the latest news on the surgery for the Octopus Girl.