Park Ridge, Illinois — An infant born with four legs and two spines is thriving and expected to live a normal life following surgery at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Illinois, doctors said at a press conference Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
The Park Ridge hospital announced that 10-month-old Dominique from Ivory Coast, or Cote d’Ivoire, in West Africa, is recovering well from the March 8 surgery. The baby already has started sitting up again, and doctors expect she’ll be able to live a normal, fully functional life.
Tuesday’s news conference highlighted the rare surgery — the first of its kind performed at Advocate Children’s Hospital — while also training a spotlight on a hospital that in the past five years has added about 100 physicians and seeks to boost awareness of its growing capabilities.
Dominique was born with what’s known as a parasitic twin, Kellogg said. The other twin, however, never fully developed. Only the lower half of that twin’s body formed, and Dominique was born with that parasitic twin joined to her spine, Kellogg said.
Dominique lives across the Atlantic Ocean, in Cote d’Ivoire.
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