A 14-year-old girl born with two extra arms and semi-formed fingers on the chest is operated on to remove the limbs. Veronica Cominguez lives in Iligan, Philippines, and has been living with the extra parts of a parasitic twin that has not developed properly for more than a decade.
The young woman is said to have flown to neighboring Thailand in the coming weeks, after the locals managed to raise money for their surgery.
"When I was little, I thought it was just a foot, but when I grew up, it got bigger," Veronica said, according to the daily E-Mail. She added that the parts are heavy and restrict their movement. "It keeps on swinging" and sometimes licks liquid that makes her dress wet.
Veronica's mother Flora Cominguez said she could not see a decent doctor during her pregnancy and her other twin would not fully develop. About the discharge that comes from the extra limbs, she said: "The liquid that comes out of the mouth smells bad, like human excrement."
While the family was worried about Veronica, her doctor told the family that the extra limbs could be removed by a simple operation.
"Most of these cases can be removed because normally the body structures involved are not vital," Dr. Beda Espineda, pediatric surgeon at Philippine Children's Medical Center, said. "Most of them are only attached to the skin or bones and are easy for surgeons to remove."
A spokesman for Kabacsanan's Barangay Council said, "Veronica has been arranged to have surgery and we hope that she will lead a normal, healthy life afterwards … Life was not easy for her, but she is a very sensible, smart, and mature girl … She is a wonderful student, and all are very pleased that she can soon have surgery. "
Parasitic twin, also known as a dissimilar twin, occurs when A twin embryo begins to develop in utero, but the couple is not completely separated and an embryo retains a dominant development. The undeveloped twin is called parasitic, not connected. The independent twin is called Autosite.
Last year, in May, a baby born in North India was operated on with two heads to operate on the parasitic twin who "fed" her blood supply. A team of surgeons removed the head, which hung in a four-hour operation over the little girl's chest.