Chicago surgery fixes four-legged girl
CHICAGO — Advocate Children’s Hospital surgeons have successfully operated on a baby from Africa who was born with two spines and an extra set of legs protruding from her neck.
The hospital announced Tuesday that 10-monthold Dominique from Ivory Coast, or Cote d’Ivoire, in West Africa, is recovering well from the six-hour, March 8 surgery.
The infant has already started sitting up again, said Nancy Swabb, who is hosting the infant during her recovery in the U.S. Doctors expect she’ll be able to live a normal, fully functional life.
Dominique was born with what’s known as a parasitic twin, said Dr. Robert Kellogg, one of her surgeons. The other twin, however, never fully developed. Only the lower half of that twin’s body formed, and Dominique was born with that parasitic twin joined to her spine, Kellogg said.
Only a handful of cases like Dominique’s, involving a parasitic twin attached at the spine, have ever been documented, he said.