Risky Operation Removes Parasitic Twin From Baby

Media captionSurgeons clarify the challenges of the advanced operation to separate Dominique from her parasitic twin

A child woman whose twin did not develop correctly and fused to her rising physique within the womb is recovering after a profitable operation within the US.

A group of 5 surgeons at Advocate Youngsters’s Hospital in Chicago eliminated child Dominique’s parasitic twin.

On this extraordinarily uncommon case, her parasitic twin was connected to her again and shoulder. This made her appear like she had two further legs and toes.

Dominique travelled from Ivory Coast for the operation and can return quickly.

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Dr John Ruge, who led the surgical procedure, stated one of many greatest challenges had been to make sure Dominique was not left paralysed.

He stated: “There was numerous challenges to her skeletal system… we may destabilise her backbone and trigger her impairment.”

One other of the surgeons, Frank Vicari, stated: “We had an unlimited quantity of imaging, specialised imaging that may permit us to determine her personal native anatomy, the anatomy of the parasitic twin and anticipate the issues we would see… in order that we may pre-plan what we meant to do and minimise any alternative for a shock throughout surgical procedure.”

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Surgeons used specialised imaging earlier than the operation

Dr Ruge stated the operation had been important due to the pressure on Dominique’s coronary heart and lungs of getting to “present nourishment to a different virtually particular person”.

Additionally, the parasitic twin had been connected at an important junction between the neck and the thoracic backbone and “that quantity of mass and disturbance in that space would trigger her important spinal issues as she grew”.

Dominique’s foster carer in Chicago Nancy Swabb stated: “She has touched our hearts. She is a member of our household.

“We all know that she’s going to return to her loving household, and we’ll keep up a correspondence – however this has modified our lives. She is fairly superb.”