Dominique, a 10-month-old girl in U.S. had been carrying parasitic twin on her back since her birth till the time doctors managed to remove it surgically.
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The infant, named Dominique, was born with the lower half of her twin's body - including legs and feet - protruding from her upper back and neck, according to information released from Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, the facility where the surgery was performed.
"It's as if the parasitic twin dove into Dominique's body and nearly made it in except for the waist out", said John Ruge, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Advocate Children's Hospital near Chicago.
Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, Tuesday announced that the 10-month-old, being cared for by a local foster family, underwent six hours of surgery involving dozens of healthcare providers and five surgeons, including pediatric specialist Dr. John Ruge.
The girl - whose name is only given as Dominique - is 10-months-old, and she is now residing with a Chicago foster family while she recovers. "We knew that she was loved".
Swabb and her family stepped in to help the child, reported CNN, taking Dominique to hospital appointments and helping the girl with her recovery. "And, they can be connected in a variety of different manners", said Dr. Ruge. Mara seemed to bond with Dominique nearly instantly, and they enjoyed making each other laugh.
Dominique's heart and lungs provided all the support for both body structures. She will be in the States for 2 months. The cervical portion of Dominique's spinal cord had no bony protection.
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Because the spine was involved, the surgery was extra risky and it was the first surgery of its kind at Chicago's Advocate Children's Hospital.
Dominique's father is a primary schoolteacher and her mother is a stay-at-home mom who cares for Dominique and her three older sisters, according to a statement from Advocate Children's Hospital. They used soft tissue from the twin's thigh to cover the area.
Inside, her neurosurgeon said, she still has some "peculiarities".
All that remains is part of an abnormal bone that stabilizes her spinal column.
Incidentally, Dominique had a high risk of paralysis without surgery because the parasitic twin's tissues were attached to the spine. "We've thought every day, every moment, about her family waiting for her return, and just feel really honored to be able to be her family for a little while".
Swabb hopes the two families can meet one day. "Dominique enjoyed her first cereal, Baby Mum Mums (rice teething biscuits) and Super Puffs (grain cereal snacks)!"
"I can't wait for her parents to see her", Swabb said. Swabb can't wait for her to experience more firsts with her family in Cote d'Ivoire.
"If you met her now you'd never know she had complex surgery", Ms Swabb said. "You have that trust in each other and do the best you can to give love and care and bring her back healthy and ready for a new life".