CHICAGO – A baby girl is beginning her new life after a successful but risky surgery to remove extra body parts from what doctors call a “parasitic conjoined twin.”

Baby Dominique was born in the Ivory Coast in Africa with 4 legs and 2 spines. According to Advocate Health Care, the extra body parts were from an undeveloped parasitic conjoined twin.

Dominique was flown to the U.S. to undergo a life-changing surgery to remove the extra body parts at Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.

On March 8, doctors performed the complicated surgery after weeks of preparation. Six hours later, they successfully removed the parasitic twin.

WGN-TV reports she is now recovering with her foster family in Chicago and will return home to her family in Africa soon.

Baby born with ‘parasitic twin’ undergoes risky surgery, makes remarkable recovery

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