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National Geographic Documentary on Indian Girl Lakshmi with Four Arms and Four Legs and her Successful Operation Garner World Attention

The little Indian Girl Lakshmi with four arms and four legs first made news in India when she was worshipped as an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi in her remote village in Bihar. In November 2007, when doctors at the Sparsh Hospital performed a ground breaking survey to remove the conjoined twin, India and the world watched eagerly. National Geographic Channel has now created a documentary on Lakshmi titled ‘Girl with Eight Limbs.’

The documentary narrates little Lakshmi’s journey from being worshipped as a Goddess to her successful operation at Sparsh – her family, doctors and the rare medical procedure to remove her four arms and four Legs never before performed in India.

The operation to remove the extra limbs was ground breaking – surgeons at Sparsh were working in six to eight hour shifts, doctors transplanted a kidney from Lakshmi's conjoined twin, separated their spines and repaired her pelvis before finally removing the parasitic torso.

National Geographic Channel’s one-hour premiere of The Girl with Eight Limb on Sunday, June 23, 2008 was watched by millions of viewers in US and making the program sixth-highest overall premiere of Nat Geo.

You can read more about Lakshmi, watch a trailer of the program, photos and interview with her surgeons at – National Geographic Channel Girl with Eight Limbs.

Lakshmi is currently residing at Sucheta Kriplani Shiksha Niketan (SKSN) – a residential school for physically challenged near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. They have also started a ‘Lakshmi Aftercare Fund,’ which aims to raise money for the long-term care, education and welfare of Lakshmi and her family.