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Bangalore, India, November 8, 2007—An undated CT scan released on Thursday by the Sparsh Hospital shows the skeletal structure of two-year-old Lakshmi before she underwent reconstructive surgery.

The girl was born with four arms and four legs because she had been joined at the pelvis to a "parasitic twin" who had stopped developing in her mother's womb.

A team of more than 30 surgeons removed the extra limbs, transplanted a kidney from the nonviable twin, and reconstructed the pelvic area in a 24-hour operation, the Associated Press reported.

Lakshmi, who hails from the eastern Indian state of Bihar, was revered by some in her village as a reincarnation of the four-armed Hindu goddess of the same name.

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