Eight-Limbed Indian Girl Is Surgery Mascot

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Two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, the impoverished Indian girl who had a "parastic twin" removed from her body last week, is being used as PR by her surgical team. It seems Lakshmi, who was reportedly hailed as a reincarnated goddess in her village and, more menacingly, sought for purchase by a circus, can't escape the limelight.

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It was only a matter of time before somebody publicly accused the surgeons of grandstanding. After all, the 27-hours operation involved a spinal separation, a quadruple amputation, a kidney transplant, and a pelvic reconstruction. We've been scanning reports since Lakshmi emerged from the operating theater, to find out if the marathon surgery introduced anything innovative. It was complicated, but evidently nothing new. Really, if they wanted to impress us with cutting-edge surgery, they would have added more limbs, not taken them away.

Questioning the ethics of Lakshmi's doctors [The Hindu]

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