A baby boy born with six legs has had an effective operation to eliminate his four extra limbs, doctors said now.
The child from Karachi in Pakistan was supposed to have had a parasitic twin, which had not advanced correctly in the womb, subsequent in the extra legs.
A squad of five doctors had fought to save the boy’s life at the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi.
The head of the NICH, Jamal Raza, said the irregular birth was the consequence of a inherited disease which would affect only one in a billion or additional babies.
‘It was odd that seemingly an abnormal baby with six legs was as normal as other children,’ he said.
Earlier surgeons could drive they said they had to work out which of the limbs fitted to the boy and which to his twin.
Doctors examined MRI, blood tests and CT scan reports before determining to perform the surgery. The process lasted eight-hours and was achieved in stages.
The baby had been in a focused care unit ward since he was born last week to the wife of an X-ray technician.
Imran Shaikh, the baby’s father who lives in Sukkur, said he was thankful his son was treated.
‘We are a poor family. I am thankful to the administration and doctors for serving us positive operating my baby,’ he said.