US Doctors Successfully Operate on Baby With Four Legs
2017-03-24 22:00:51

Doctors at an American hospital have successfully operated on a baby born with four legs and two spines.(1)

The 10-month old baby girl is known only as ‘Dominique’ from Ivory Coast. She is reported to be recovering well.(2)
10 个月大的女婴仅称为 '多米尼克' 从象牙海岸。据报道,她恢复得很好。

Doctors separated her from a parasitic twin in a complex operation on March 8 at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.(3)
医生将她同在一个复杂的操作,3 月 8 日在儿童医院在伊利诺斯州的帕克里奇倡导一个寄生双胞胎分开。

Hospital officials say the operation lasted six hours. It involved five surgeons and many other healthcare workers.(4)

The bottom half of the not-fully-developed twin’s body was sticking out from Dominque’s neck and back.(5)

The twin was dependent on Dominque’s body and could not survive independently.(6)

Dr. John Ruge is a child care specialist.(7)
博士约翰 · 儒阁是儿童保健专家。

"This is a situation where identical twins failed to separate. And, the separation, it can be connected in a variety of different manners."(8)

Dominique was born with two spinal columns.(9)

Without an operation her life would likely not be a long one with physical problems and pain, doctors said.(10)

They were concerned about the pressure put upon Dominique’s back and organs.(11)

Doctor Ruge says her heart and lungs were working to support two bodies.(12)

"It is as if the twin, from the waist down, had been attached to the back of Dominique's neck.(13)

And, there was a pelvis and bladder, and functional legs that moved, and feet coming out of the back of Dominique's neck.(14)

Now, this made it extremely dangerous for Dominique. ".(15)

Doctors used imaging equipment to create a three-dimensional model of her two spines.(16)

A second bladder behind the extra legs had to be removed.(17)

The team of surgeons performed a test operation to prepare for the surgery.(18)

In the real operation, doctors disconnected nerves and blood passages to prevent feelings of numbness or even paralysis.(19)

Dr. Frank Vicari was also part of the surgical team.(20)
Vicari 博士弗兰克也是外科团队的一部分。

"So, we took her to the operating room. We approached the problem, the critical part being at the base of the junction of the two spines and the abnormal pelvis.(21)

And, once we had control of that, I think it was pretty clear to most people in the operating room that we were going to be able to accomplish this surgery. ".(22)

Dominique was able to sit up the day after the surgery and was released from the hospital five days later.(23)
多米尼克 · 能坐起来手术后一天,五天后从医院出院。

She is now recovering at the home of a foster family in Chicago.(24)

They will care for her until she is well enough to return home to her family in Africa.(25)

I’m Marsha James.(26)
我是玛莎 · 詹姆斯。

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