The Girl With Eight Limbs
Ischiopagus Conjoined Twins



The Girl With Eight Limbs

Ischiopagus Conjoined Twins

Lakshmi Tatma was born with four arms and four legs, but also carries a rare parasitic conjoined twin that could kill her. Lakshmi Tatama is an Indian girl born in 2005  in a village in Araria district, Bihar, having "4 arms and 4 legs." She was actually one of a pair of ischiopagus conjoined twins where one twin was headless due to its head atrophying and chest underdeveloping in the womb. The result looked like one child with four arms and four legs.

Her father, Shambhu, and mother, Poonam, were day laborers who earn less than 40 Rupees per day, and were unable to afford a separation surgery for their daughter.

The daughter was named after Lakshmi, the multi-limbed Hindu goddess of wealth. She was sometimes an object of worship as an incarnation of the goddess Lakshmi; when she was 2 years old, she was known all over India.


At one point, a circus had offered the couple a sum of money to buy Lakshmi as a sideshow, which forced them into hiding.

At the time of being found by Dr. Sharan Patil, she was suffering from an infected pressure ulcer at the neck end of the parasitic twin and continuous fevers.

Lakshmi is their second child. Her older brother is named Mitelesh.Poonam said in a television program that a few weeks before giving birth to Lakshmi, she had a dream which told her to build a temple to the goddess Lakshmi. Subsequently, Lakshmi was born during the "Festival of Lakshmi".