I am a bibliophile who loves to read about new concepts and ideas. The next step almost always involves testing them out in real life.
Indian Parasitic Twins - A Case Study
I was watching a show on Discovery Channel - a story on Lakshmi Tatma, a girl who carried her parasitic twin for 2 whole years before she was operated successfully. Lakshmi was the first person in India to have been operated successfully and separated from her parasitic twin. Till then, she was considered as another form of Goddess Lakshmi with 4 arms and 4 legs. She was even allowed to pray close to the Goddess Lakshmi idol at a nearby temple because she was considered special.
I was intrigued and I wanted to know more about such cases in India. This page is for the same - a record of parasitic twin cases reported in India and how they overcame the situation - if they did at all.
The Girl with 8 Limbs
Lakshmi Tatma was born with 4 arms and 4 legs. Her parasitic twin depended on Lakshmi for its living totally. She was named Lakshmi after the goddess who has multiple limbs. Because of this very reason, she was considered as an object of worship at temples. By the age of 2, she was popular all over the world. I found it really saddening to know that a circus company actually approached her family to give her to them for a sum of money. How disgusting is that really?
A non-profit foundation at Bangalore offered to help with Lakshmi's operation and a successful surgery was conducted. The surgery lasted around 40 hours and the doctors gave Lakshmi a 75%-80% chance of survival. Many doctors worked continuously through shifts to make this surgery a successful one -- the first successful parasitic twin separation in India.
Lakshmi Tatma News
- Update: Lakshmi Tatma Starts School
- Lakshmi Tatma: The little girl who had eight limbs and was worshipped as a deity starts school | Mai
Two years after a ground-breaking operation to separate her from a parasitic twin, Lakshmi Tatma is a lively and bubbly four-year-old.
Deepak Kumar Paswan
Kumar Paswan from Bihar also carried a parasitic twin -- on his abdomen. He, like Lakshmi, was considered as holy by some whereas he was envisioned as a monster by others and was stoned on sight.
He was operated recently and successfully by Fortis Hospitals at Bangalore.
Vittal was only a year old when he had to undergo a surgery to remove his parasitic twin which was attached close to the anal passage of the boy's body.
The surgery lasted 6 hours and was conducted successfully in Bangalore.
Sanjay Kumar/Sanju Bhagat
This Indian was bearing his parasitic brother inside his womb for 36 years! Doctors thought it was a type of cancer and operated him only to find themselves face to face with another human. Sooner or later, Sanjay would have been killed by his own brother.
People made fun of him saying he looked pregnant. He had to see the doctors when he could no longer breathe because of this condition. He was operated successfully and separated from his twin.
Stop Being Evil! Start Being Nice!
One thing you will find in common with all these stories is how these people were ridiculed by outsiders. Why don't we think twice before making fun of such people? How would you feel if it were someone within your own household? Wouldn't it hurt?
I remember attending a party where all the kids were making fun of another kid who was suffering from Asperger Syndrome. The parents of these highly irritating kids seemed less bothered. Unfortunately, I was just a kid then myself and I was too scared plus too docile to say or do anything much.
Please don't ill treat or ridicule people with deformations and also stop others when you see them doing it!
sairakhan from Bombay , India on April 04, 2011:
i start crying on seeing the pics of these childerns
Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on January 13, 2011:
A very interesting and well constructed hub. Thank you.
Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on September 12, 2010:
Wow, I really had no idea but bringing awareness and educating us on this is important. So sad people are so cruel to children with deformities. You wrote a wonderful hub, thank you for sharing! It's an amazing story!
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on September 11, 2010:
You brought up a question I often wonder about myself. Whay must people be so cruel to those who are different. These people did not ask to be born this way. I work withn the Intellectually Disabled and it is heartbreaking the way people seem to think that they havwe no feelin gs. Physically disabled are not many times of normal intelligence and many times very sensitive. Thanks for sharing these fascinating stories.