Dominique, a baby girl born with four legs and two spines has been operated upon and is now recovering from the reconstructive surgery.
Doctors had to remove her twin’s partially deformed body.
The girl, who is known only as Dominique, was born on the Ivory Coast 10 months ago and flown to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, for the procedure.
“A parasitic twin is an identical twin that fails to fully separate in development,” John Ruge, a pediatric neurosurgeon at the hospital, told Reuters. “In other words, not another independent twin, but a twin that was dependent on her body system, such that Dominique’s heart and lungs provided the nourishment.”
Five surgeons worked for six hours to remove the two extra legs near her shoulders, as well as the second spine.
After spending five days in the hospital, she was released to a foster family near Chicago who will care for her until she returns to West Africa, Reuters reports.
“It’s going rather well,” Frank Vicari, a pediatric and reconstructive surgeon, told Reuters. “She’s been home with ‘step-mom’ and just doing very, very well.”