Six-legged baby successfully operated


Friday, April 20, 2012 - Karachi—A team of doctors on Thursday successfully operated on the six- legged boy here and separated his four legs and other extra parts from the body.

As per details, a team of five experienced doctors fought to save the life of the infant born with six legs because of a rare genetic condition. The baby was operated in National Institute of Child Heath (NICH) Karachi.

Jamal Raza, head of NICH, said the extra limbs were separated after surgery, adding that the limbs were result of a genetic disease which would affect only one in a million or more babies.

“It was strange that apparently an abnormal baby with six legs was as normal as other children,” he said.

Doctors examined MRI, blood tests, CT scan reports and other test and later took the decision to do surgery which lasted for eight-hours in different phases.

The infant was born to the wife of an X-ray technician a week ago.

Imran Shaikh, the baby’s father who lives in Sukkur, said he was grateful his son was treated. “We are a poor family. I am thankful to the government and doctors for helping us successful operating my baby,” he told reporters.—NNI

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