WATCH | Doctors at Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois performed a successful surgery involving the removal of 2 extra legs and a spine to a newborn baby.
Dominique was born in the Ivory Coast in West Africa. Her story was heard and found by the non-profit organization, Children's Medical Missions West (CMM), who then flew her out to Illinois for the medical procedure.
The rare birth condition was a result of a twin birth. "This is a situation where identical twins failed to separate. And the separation, they can be connected in a variety of different manners," Dr. John Ruge of Advocate Children's Hospital stated.
Dominique's surgery was performed and operated by a team of 50 doctors, including 5 surgeons.
In a statement to the press, Dr. John Ruge clarified the complexities of the life-changing surgery. "It's as if the twin, from the waist down, had been attached to the back of Dominique's neck. And there was a pelvis and bladder, and functional legs that moved, and feet coming out of the back of Dominique's neck. Now this made it extremely dangerous for Dominique," Dr. John Ruge said.
On a crowdfunding website, CMM is still seeking donations to support other similar life threatening surgeries for children around the world. "Through a network of volunteers and an average of about $2,000 per child in donated funds, CMM has secured free complex medical care for more than 460 children from all over the world," the website states.