Girl With 3 Legs to Have 2 Removed

Born a conjoined twin, the toddler's sister died when they were separated
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2014 6:08 AM CDT
Girl With 3 Legs to Have 2 Removed
Ana Paula is shown.   (KTLA screenshot)

With three legs all to herself, a 22-month-old toddler from Panama will next month undergo a major surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles to remove the two that don't work. Ana Paula was born a conjoined twin, with not just three legs but three kidneys and potential reproductive issues. Her sister did not survive the procedure that separated them when they were roughly three weeks old. Their medical condition is so rare, in fact, that only a dozen survivable cases are reported each year, reports KTLA.

Ana is to have her middle leg removed; as for her right leg, the knee and foot aren't functional, so doctors expect it to be amputated at the knee or higher. "I think she’ll be very functional as a walker, at the very least with crutches or with the arm crutches or something similar,” one of the surgeons tells CBS. Still, even with a prosthetic she's not expected to ever walk normally, and the doctors say she suffers other acute medical conditions as well. Her treatment is being paid for by the nonprofit Children of War Foundation and two of the Shriners Hospitals for Children in California. Ana arrived in LA Sunday; her first surgery is a month out. (Click to read about conjoined twins who share a heart.)

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