Once Dominique had safely arrived in the U.S., it was time for an extensive series of medical examinations. Dominique had a CAT scan, an MRI and numerous X-rays in order to help doctors better understand her condition. Moreover, the scans revealed that she wasn’t only carrying her twin’s legs but also its pelvis, bladder and spine.
In fact, her twin’s spine was tangled with her own, making for a far more complicated operation. John Ruge, one of the pediatric surgeons at the hospital in Chicago, said, “It’s as if the parasitic twin dove into Dominique’s body and almost made it in except for the waist out.”