Indian Girl Born with 8 Limbs Makes First Public Appearance After Surgery

BANGALORE, India (AP) -- A two-year-old Indian girl born with four arms and four legs has made her first public appearance after having surgery to remove the extra limbs.

The girl named Lakshmi was seen wrapped in blankets, and appeared healthy and alert. Her arms are free, but both her legs are in casts.

A team of more than 30 surgeons completed the 24-hour surgery last Wednesday in Bangalore.

Lakshmi was born joined to a "parasitic twin" that stopped growing in the mother's womb. The surving fetus absorbed the limbs and other body parts.

Doctors say she's responding well enough to treatment to leave intensive care. But they say Lakshmi still has a long way to full recovery.

She'll need further treatment and possible surgery for clubbed feet before she can walk. Doctors didn't say when she might be able to go home.

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