A 10-month-old infant is said to be recovering well after a successful surgery to remove an underdeveloped parasitic rachipagus twin. The lower half of the underdeveloped twin’s body including pelvis, functioning legs, feet and bladder had been protruded from the infant’s neck and back.
Surgeons at the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Chicago agreed to undertake the procedure after being contacted by a charity seeking help for the infant born in the Ivory Coast in West Africa. Prior to the patient’s arrival, five surgeons specialising in paediatric neurosurgery, plastic, orthopaedic and general surgery collaborated for a number of weeks to prepare for surgery. More than 50 other doctors, including paediatricians, radiologists, nephrologists, anaesthesiologists, intensivists and geneticists, consulted and assisted on the case.
The procedure took place on March 8, 2017, and the patient left the hospital five days later. She is recurrently recovering at home with a host family in Chicago and it is anticipated she will be able to return home to the Ivory Coast in April.
In a press conference streamed online, neurosurgeon, Dr Robert Kellogg said: “The surgery went very well. There are no complications. We expect her to make a full recovery.”