Ten-month-old Dominique underwent a six-hour procedure involving five surgeons at the Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, on March 8. She is now thriving with the Chicago foster family who will look after her until she is well enough to return home, her doctors and foster mother told Reuters on Monday.
"It's going rather well. She was only in the hospital a total of five days. She's been home with 'step-mom' and just doing very, very well," said pediatric and reconstructive surgeon Frank A Vicari.
Dominique was born with a parasitic twin. The bottom half of her not-fully-developed twin's body protruded from her neck and back.
Doctors did not give Dominique's family name.
Nancy Swabb, from Edgebrook, Illinois, has looked after Dominique since she arrived in the United States for the surgery.
"We send a lot of photos and updates and so we know that Dominique's family sees what she's doing and seeing that she has two new teeth and she's learning to wave and doing all sorts of special things."
"She has touched our hearts. She's a member of our family," Swabb said. "She's pretty amazing."
(Reporting by Jane Ross in Los Angeles; Additional reporting and writing by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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