A just 10 month old girl born with four legs and two spines is recovering after a successful surgery. She was born in the Ivory Coast and was flown to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, for the procedure.
The doctors say dominique was a conjoined twin, but her twin didn’t fully develop in the womb and its lower half is fused with dominique’s spine.
Dominique is from ivory coast in Africa. A U.S. non profit worked with a hospital in Illinois to get her the surgery for free for Separating bones, blood vessels and nerves.
‘It’s going rather well. She was only in the hospital a total of five days. She’s been home with “step-mom” and just doing very, very well,’ said pediatric and reconstructive surgeon Frank Vicari.
Ofcourse, there were many risks involved with detaching the parasitic twin – the biggest of which included paralysis, spinal destabilization and closure of a large defect and a chance of impacting shared functions, such as the urinary function.
‘The fact that the twins were conjoined at the spine makes Dominique’s condition exceedingly unique and rare,’ said John Ruge, a pediatric neurosurgeon at the hospital.
‘It also made the separation surgery complex. But it was crucial to give this beautiful baby girl the chance to live a long and normal life
Nancy Swabb, from Edgebrook, Illinois, has looked after Dominique since she arrived in the United States for the surgery.