Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby born with 'six legs' in Pakistan

A baby boy born with extra four limbs on his lower abdomen is trying to be saved by the doctors in Pakistan.

The baby, born in Sukkur city was brought to the National Institute of Child Health (NICH), where the doctors decribed the case as "rare and complicated."

"Contrary to popular belief the baby does not have six legs," said NICH director Prof Jamal Raza, explaining that the infant was a parasitic twin.

"One of the twins is living, while the other has become parasitic. The infant is all right and has been admitted to the intensive care unit of the NICH, but the removal of the parasitic limbs could be a serious and time-consuming medical exercise including both inner and cosmetic surgeries," Prof Raza said.

A team of surgeons was formed to specifically look into the case. According to the them, a much smaller, partially formed twin was attached to the strong, developed twin.

"What we have here is a twin with a normal upper body who has control over his own legs but has additional lower limbs attached to his lower abdomen. These could be removed through surgery," Dr. Nasir Salim, a paediatric surgeon at the NICH said.

The infant's father, Imran Ali Sheikh, has appealed to save his son's life.

Sources: Yahoo! Australia News, Dawn Newspaper

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