Can you imagine your child having extra limbs and they have to operate to take them away so the baby can live a normal life what makes it easier for her to move around. We can be so happy that the operation was a success and that she can go home to her own mother soon , a mother who hasn't seen her daughter in months and then can finally take her in her arms again and hold her close to her heart, yes it will be a joyous home coming for the little child who had the operation to remove the extra limbs from her little body, thank God we have great doctors here there are none better.
Baby Born with 4 Legs and 2 Spines Thrives After Risky Surgery Removes Two Extra Limbs
Deborah Hastings,Inside Edition
Tue, Mar 21 3:16 PM PDT
The very young life of Baby Dominique is now forever changed.
She was born in the Ivory Coast, with four legs and two spines, the result of a twin who died in utero and was absorbed by Dominique's body.
At 10 months, after flying nearly 9,000 miles, the
child underwent a massive, risky surgery to remove two of the extra
limbs, which protruded from her neck and were weighing on her spines and
overtaxing her heart and lungs, physicians said.
After more than six hours of surgery at Advocate Children's Hospital in Illinois, Dominique is sitting up, laughing and on her way to a much better future.
"She's great," foster mom Nancy Swabb told
InsideEdition.com Tuesday as Dominique wailed in the background. "She's
doing very well."
Dominique, apparently a little hungry, abruptly piped down when Swabb gave her a bottle.
The baby arrived in Chicago in February, courtesy of
Ohio-based charity Children's Medical Mission West, to prepare for an
extremely complex surgery requiring a 50-person medical team of
surgeons, plastic surgeons, nurses and technicians.
The nonprofit group provides life-changing surgeries to needy children around the globe.
Swabb had never heard of the group before seeing a
Facebook post seeking a host family for Baby Dominique while she
underwent, and recuperated from, painstaking surgery to remove a
Swabb "saw a photo of sweet little Dominique and her mother" in Abidjan, and that was it.
She sent an application and letters of
recommendation. Her husband felt as she did. In little more than a week,
Dominique was in their arms.
The couple have two adopted children, ages 9 and 15, and so had already undergone detailed background checks, Swabb said.
"It's really an amazing story about trust and
hope," she said. "Here we are helping another family. They just happen
to live on a different continent."
She sends updates and photos to an advocate
at the organization, where they translated into French and sent on to
Dominique's parents. As soon as physicians say she is able, Dominique
will return the her family, accompanied on the long flight home by an
Surgeons left both spines intact because they
seem to be functioning, Swabb said. "She has full mobility. She is
doing what a 10-month-old can do. She's moving her toes and fingers."
The baby, who has sprouted two teeth and
learned to wave since coming to America, may be heading to Africa as
early as next month.
"It's got to be unbelievably hard for her mother, being separated from her baby for two months," Swabb said.
But when the time comes, saying goodbye to Dominique isn't going to be easy for the host mother.
"I'm dreading it," Swabb said.