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Lakshmi discharged from hospital
December 15, 2007 18:50 IST
The two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, who underwent a successful complicated surgery to separate her from a conjoined parasitic twin at a superspeciality hospital about 10 weeks ago, was discharged on Saturday.
"Lakshmi has recovered adequately with no significant problem during her process of recovery. Her parents are keen to take her home and medically she can do so," Dr Sharan Patil who headed the team that performed the rare surgery on Lakshmi on November 6, announced at a news conference.
"We are very pleased with the progress Lakshmi has made since her 27-hour-operation. All her organ functions assessed by the clinical, haematological and biochemical parameters are within normal limits. Her haemoglobin infact is 10.6 which is good," he said.
Her wounds have healed completely and she has undergone physiotherapy to stengthen her legs. Splints have been applied following the removal of plaster casts, Dr Sharan, also the chairman of Sparsh Hospital, said.
Additional reconstructive surgery is not immediately necessary. "We, however, plan to do this at a mutually convenient date after Holi," he said.
"Funtionally she is alright. Physically, her feet are still turned in. At the moment they require a lot of stretching and the parents have been trained how to go about it," Dr Sharan said.
"Lakshmi who never turned (over) earlier, started turning after the surgery. She was even able to stand for 10 minutes on the bed holding the window grill, which is remarkable," he said.
The Tatmas who arrived at Sparsh on Oct 30, will proceed to Jodhpur where they plan to settle down. They will visit Bihar sometime during Holi.