- This case is similar to how conjoined twins are formed, except there is a malformation of one of those twins.As a result, the twin never fully develops and has caused the boy to live with extra arms and legs.The worst part is, the legs are growing at the same rate as the boy, adding to the weight the boy must carry.
- As “usual,” he was worshipped as an incarnation of Lakshmi, the multi-limbed Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity but there are also people who cast stones to him to driveout the “demon” in his body.
- “It is heart wrenching for a parent to see his child suffer like this, though many people come from distant villages to worship him, offer money, sweets, flowers etc but I never had any intention of earning money through my child. I wanted to see my son like any other normal child being accepted by the society and so I decided to go for the surgery and get rid of the abnormal part of his body” says Viresh Paswan, Deepak’s father a construction worker at Bhelhari, a village 125 kilometers away from Patna.
- Once Deepak was brought into the hospital a CT scan was performed and it revealed that the sharing of the intestine, had vascular anomalies, a huge hernia and possible involvement of the liver. After an intensive discussion amongst the team of specialists which comprised of the liver and digestive surgical team, radiologist, anesthesiologist, neonatologist and child psychologist they concluded that the parasite can be safely removed without Deepak compromising his life. However there is always a possibility of complication after surgery either from excessive bleeding or from sharing of organs. The involvement of a neonatologist and a child psychologist was important because the physical disability affected Deepak’s social behavior; he seemed to have suffered from neurological imbalance and was mal nourished to a large extent as the parasite was taking most of the nutrition from his body.
- According to Dr. Murali Chakravarthy, Chief Anesthesiologist “Anesthetizing parasitic twins is always a challenge. Deepak was no exception. We were not worried about gaining control of blood pressure fluctuations; because continuous monitoring of the hemodynamic parameters began from the word go. Grossly hypertrophied artery from the chest was supplying the parasitic twin. We had concerns about the management of the subsequent clamp of this while separating the twin. Thanks to the preparations, we could handle them without causing any danger to Deepak. Pain relief after a major surgery requiring a long surgical incision was yet another challenge, which was adequately taken care by insertion of the thoracic epidural catheter. Overall the job was well planned and executed. A beaming Deepak is a testimony to that.
- An emotionally charged Indu, Deepak’s mother says “I was initially not sure with the decision of Deepak’s surgery and was upset with my husband as I thought it would put my son’s life at risk. Though I wanted Deepak to have a normal life but as a mother my heart wept constantly with the fear of losing him in the process as I was scared by the villagers saying no surgery in this world can correct Deepak’s condition. But now when I see him smiling and playing with our 3 year old daughter just after two days of the surgery, my faith has strengthened and I believe that medical science has progressed so much that anything is possible if there is enough conviction”.
- “I was confident that my child will fight a way out of this however an unknown fear was always there. I am eagerly waiting to go back to our village and show to all those people who considered my child as a devil, that my son is one of the luckiest and the bravest child in our village. I want to give him a good life and education so that he doesn’t remain a prey to society’s superstitious thoughts. The hospital and doctors have not only given my child a new life, they have restored his dignity” said Viresh.
- “At Fortis Hospitals our commitment in contributing towards clinical procedures which are truly life changing has always reflected in all our medical marvels. To us this case reflects the contribution that modern medicine can make in healing lives. Through our clinical expertise and our passion to be relevant to society we are glad to have given this little child from Bihar a new lease of life and free him of the social stigma. Deepak is a real hero for us who has fought the social and medical battle, he has won over the hearts of all the employees at hospital with his spark and brilliance. We wish him a good life and a great future ahead” said Mr. Vishal Bali, Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Hospitals.