Pakistan doctors fought to save newborn baby with a rare condition. He was born with six legs.
Baby boy who only a week suffering from what is called a parasitic twin. This baby should have a conjoined twin, but his condition is not complete, said Jamal Raza, director of the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi. Now the baby was in intensive care unit of a hospital in the city.
Raza said that they plan to operate and was considering asking the assistance of foreign experts with experience in similar cases. Cases of parasitic twins are believed to occur only one in a million births.
Baby’s father, Imran Shaikh, made a plea for help from the government and charities. “I was not able to visit Karachi and get care for my baby,” said Shaikh who worked as an X-ray technician with the equivalent of USD 66 a month income.
Parasitic twins are sometimes referred to as asymmetric conjoined twins or are not equivalent. This happens when a twin embryo begins to develop in the womb, but not completely separate the couple.
One embryo continues to grow by sacrificing others (parasites) that will rely on others to supply the body’s blood and organ function.
In some cases, the body absorbs one twin to another during development, known as fetus in fetu. In January a child in Peru underwent surgery to remove the parasitic twin from the stomach.
“It’s actually not single baby, but two, but the other one premature,” he said.
Shaikh and his wife four years living in Sukkur, about 280 km north of the location of their children were being treated. His wife is reported to have recovered and in good condition.
They did come from poor families who do not have to treat her son’s expenses, so the government gave them medical aid.
Team of doctors in Pakistan say they have successfully performed surgery to save the life of a baby being born with six legs due to a rare genetic condition, according to hospital officials said Thursday.
“A team of five experienced doctors successfully separate the extra legs and limbs of the baby. He was in normal condition,” said Jamal Raza, director of the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi.
Raza said the case is a case that is parasitic – more than one baby joined together but only one of them fully formed.
The child was born of the wife of an X-ray technician a few weeks ago in the town of Sukkur, about 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of Karachi, and moved to Karachi for treatment earlier this week.
“Additional limbs and feet are the result of a genetic disease that will affect just one in a million or more babies,” said the doctor.
Imran Shaikh, father of the baby, was delighted with the success of the operation.
“This is great news for us. What parents want is to see their children healthy and strong. We pray that his life remains normal and fun,” he told reporters.