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National Geographic tells the story of a girl born with a full extra set of limbs in India. Lakshmi Tatma is believed by the people in her village to be the reincarnation of the many-limbed Hindu goddess Lakshmi who the child is named for.
The child underwent an operation to remove the extra limbs because the condition is a life threatening one. Thirty surgeons assisted Dr Sharan Patil during the surgery. Lakshmi was born on the day devoted to the celebration of the four-armed Hindu deity Lakshmi. Her mother Poonam Tatma says she believes her daughter is “a miracle, a reincarnation” of the goddess.