Dominique was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition. The legs growing out of her body actually belonged to a partially-formed parasitic twin, and this conjoined twin was completely dependent on Dominique’s organs.
Indeed, if doctors didn’t operate on Dominique, she wouldn’t be able to live a full life; furthermore, it would be sure to jeopardize her future and her health. And she needed expert medical care because the complicated procedure was not going to be easy.
Dominique’s condition – known as “parasitic rachipagus” – is so rare that there have been no more than 30 cases ever documented. It’s no surprise, then, that her story caught the attention of the media, not to mention Ohio charity Children’s Medical Mission West. This charity would play a fundamental role in Dominique’s next step: surgery in the U.S.