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This baby was born with 4 legs, but a 6-hour surgery just changed her life


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.

Nancy Swabb said,”She’s been a joy. We really enjoyed having her in our family, We send a lot of photos and updates and so we know that Dominique’s family sees what she’s doing and seeing that she has two new teeth, She has touched our hearts. She’s a member of our family and ‘She’s pretty amazing”.

Source: DailyMail


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