Fighting for His Life: A Baby Born with Six Legs
Doctors in Pakistan are fighting for the life of a week-old baby. Director of National Institute of Child Health in the country: "It is not one baby they are two".
Doctors in Pakistan are fighting for several days to save the life of a baby born with six legs due to rare genetic defect. The baby was born in Sukkur, and was transferred to Karachi to receive advanced medical treatment.
A rare genetic disease.
Jamal Raza, the director of the National Institute of the Child Health in Karachi, told the reporters that the child was born a week ago to the wife of an X-ray technician. “It is not one baby actually. They are two, one of them is premature,” he said.
A doctor at the institute who did not wish to identify himself said that the extra limbs were the result of a genetic defect which would affect only one in a million or more babies.
A statement from the local health department said that: “The doctors are examining the child and seeking for the best and necessary treatment to save the his life and ensure he lives a normal life”.
Imran Shaikh, the baby’s father said he is grateful that his son is being treated. “We are a poor family. I am thankful to the government for helping us treating our child”.
Since many people requested to know how this story ended here is a follow up: A week after I published this story on April 16, the baby had a surgery to remove the extra limbs. The surgery was a success and the baby is healthy and have only 2 legs.
The baby father thank god, the doctors and all who supported the family, and said he is happy that his son is OK and will be able to grow up as a normal health child.