Earlier this week we reported that a Pakistani baby born with six legs would undergo surgery to have his four limbs removed - today he has!
The little boy, born in Sukkur, a city in Sindh Province earlier this month, underwent eight hours of surgery at Pakistan’s National Institute of Child Health (NICH), in Karachi to remove four legs from his body.
Dr. Jamal Raza announced the operation had been a success at a press conference, saying the extra limbs had been the result of a genetic disease, which affects just one in a million babies.
The youngster was taken into the hospital’s care after his poverty-stricken father Imran Sheikh appealed for help.
Following the surgery, Sheikh told the media:
"We are a poor family. I am thankful to the government for helping us treating my baby."
According to the South Asian News Agency Gynecologist and President of the Pakistan Medical Association, Dr Samrina Hashmi said the baby's abnormalities could have been caused by several factors, including improper medicines taken by his mother during pregnancy and contaminated water:
"In every 10,000 child births one baby is born with an abnormality such as a hole in the heart. Then there is a possibility that several eggs were fertilized instead of one."
We’re happy to see the young tot safe and healthy.