Extra limbs of six-legged baby boy removed successfully
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Extra limbs of six-legged baby boy removed successfully

Karāchi : Pakistan | Apr 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM PDT
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Baby born with six legs is fighting for his life

Heartiest congratulation to the team of doctors for successfully removing extra limbs of a baby boy in a three-hour long surgery at National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi – Pakistan. The baby was operated upon by a five-member team of specialist doctors and thanks God they remained successful in their endeavor. The child is now said to be in stable condition and his parents are rejoicing over the successful operation. The doctors, however, said that a complete report on the condition of the baby would be given after 48 hours of the operation.

The wife of an X-ray technician gave birth to a baby boy with six legs in Sukkur on April 14 – a city in Sindh province of Pakistan. Father of the baby, Imran Sheikh, was happy on having a gift from God but was also worried at the same time for the complex nature of birth. The extraordinary birth was termed as one of the wonders of nature, as it was the first such case in the history of Pakistan. Doctors said the baby did not have six legs rather extra limbs were of another conjoined twin.

NICH Director Dr. Jamal Raza said the baby did not have six legs as was proved in initial medical tests. He said the baby had two legs and extra four limbs of a conjoined twin. A team of five doctors was assigned the task to examine the baby and carry out initial tests like blood test, MRIs and X-rays to diagnose the case. After initial tests, it was established the baby did not have six legs, but had got extra limbs of conjoined twins which could be removed through an operation. The suggested surgery was done on Thursday and doctors remained successful in removing the limbs.

According to the media reports, Imran Sheikh earns around 6,000 Pakistani rupees a month; therefore, it was nearly impossible for him to get his child treated at a hospital. He appealed to philanthropists and the government of Pakistan to help his baby boy. Pakistan Baitul Mal – a charity organization in Pakistan – helped the poor family for their child’s treatment and the baby was operated upon on Monday at NICH. The family also collected some money from their own sources while the major help was tended by the Baitul Mal.

Sheikh was married some four years back and he was gifted with the baby last week. He was jubilant over having the baby boy but was shocked after the nurse told him about the complicated birth. He had to take his baby home from the hospital owing to lack of money, as he could not shift the baby to a hospital in Karachi. Now, Sheikh along with his aunt and cousins, is present at NICH and happy for having successful surgery of his baby boy.

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StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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