Chicago surgery fixes four-legged girl

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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.

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