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Medical Miracle: Pakistan Baby born with Six Legs has Successful Surgery to remove Extra Limbs

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When I first read the news of a baby born in Pakistan with six legs, my heart went out to the child and his family. His case was one in a million – the extra limbs were that of conjoined twins who did not completely develop in the womb.

After the doctors established that the baby did not have six legs, but had got extra limbs of conjoined twins, they suggested a surgery which was carried out on Thursday 19th April, 2012 and were successful in removing the extra limbs.

The young boy from Karachi in Pakistan was born on Saturday April 14th, 2012 by caesarian section. He had a succesful eight-hour operation by a team of five doctors who fought to save the boy’s life at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi, Pakistan yesterday. He is now said to be in stable condition and his parents are rejoicing over the successful operation.

His complex birth is the first ever in the history of Pakistan.

The head of the NICH, Jamal Raza, said the abnormal birth was the 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.

Before surgeons could operate they said they had to work out which of the limbs belonged to the boy and which to his 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.

According to media reports, father of the baby, Imran Sheikh, is an X-ray technician whose meager salary of 6,000 Pakistani rupees a month was impossible to cater for his son’s treatment at the 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. The family also collected some money from their own sources while the major help was tended by the Baitul Mal.

‘We are a poor family. I am thankful to the government and doctors for helping us successful operating my baby,’ he said.

He said they were planning on naming their son Umar Farooq.

The news of this boy’s successful surgery in faraway Pakistan is gladdening. Thankfully, this boy would be able to live a normal life with two legs. Through no fault of his or the mother’s his story could have been a different one.

A parasitic twin is sometimes referred to as an asymmetrical or unequal conjoined twin. It occurs when a twin embryo begins developing in utero, but the pair does not fully separate. One embryo continues developing at the expense of the other (the parasitic) which will rely on the body of the other for blood supply and organ function. It is incompletely developed and dependent on the other twin. The independent twin is called the autosite. In some cases the body of one twin absorbs the other during development, known as fetus in fetu. In January a boy in Peru was operated on to remove his parasitic twin from his stomach.

I say a big ‘Well Done’ to the doctors who performed the successful surgery on the young boy. And a big ‘God Bless You’ to the philanthropist organization who helped pay the boy’s medical bills.

May you live a long and fulfilled life, Umar.

Before the Surgery

Before the surgery

After the surgery

Some of the doctors who performed the surgery

News & Photo Source: Daily Mail

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

38 Comments

  1. Rita

    April 20, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Awesome news…I can only imagine the joy his mother feels right now!

  2. OmoBolanle

    April 20, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I thank God for this great news. I read on yahoo that the parents are cousins second grade to each other. Now this could also be the cause of stuffs like this. Well, all the same I thank God for Umar!

    • Pendo

      April 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

      thats what i thought as well since people from that region India and Bangladesh marry their cousins ….first cousins included and i have heard of kids from those unions being born with all sorts of disorders, mental disorders too. We thank God for using these doctors to perform this miracle at least the baby can lead a normal life

    • mahesh

      April 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      In india (hindus), marrying cousin is a far fetched thought. It is impossible. One can’t even marry somebody with a sir name of his father, mother, grandparetns (both sides). it is considered. is incest and a taboo. There are cases in india, where people with same name married ( not related at all) and they were outcast and in some cases force to separate after marriage. In islam, howeverm it is allowed and that is why it happens not only in bangladesh, pakistan but overall the world in muslim communities. Of course only a certain percentage of muslims do it and not all. Please don’t spread rumor, if you don’t have complete information. thanks

  3. engy

    April 20, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Thank you Jesus. I’m a mom and I can feel this to my marrow. I’m so happy for this baby. God you’re too much.

  4. faith

    April 20, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Wow!!!

  5. THE AMAKA

    April 20, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I guess Linda Ikeji is giving you guys a run for your money. How news wey no concern Naija or Africa make it on this website?? If you like, dont post my comment.

    • A k

      April 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

      You’re so bitter eh!

  6. lilian

    April 20, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Yipeee ! Thank God for the boy and his family. Wat a great joy.

  7. Samalex

    April 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

    It’s really a big miracle. I wonder how the family felt when the boy was discovered with six legs. Thanks to God and good people of the country for saving Farooq’s life. Kudos to the doctors for a good job done.

  8. Gidi

    April 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Awesome stuff.
    Umar, may your recovery be swift and complete.
    May you live life to the fullest and be a blessing to your parents and society.
    May Al Qaeda recruiters be far from your path.

  9. mhydhe

    April 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Am actually clapping right now..cus am so so happy.

  10. Lovinit

    April 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Thank God! Nigeria learn from this!!

  11. Kate

    April 20, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Whaooooooooooo this is amazing. God you are awesome. Thank God for the successful surgery.

  12. Godswill Dennis

    April 20, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I can feel every bit of it… So glad it turned out successful

  13. love

    April 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

    God is great……………………………im in awe of his greatness

    • 478

      April 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      God didn’t do this surgery. 🙂

  14. OmogeNaija

    April 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Thank God oooooo, was the first to escape my mouth when I saw the link, I first saw the news about his condition on tuesday and I was wondering the kinda life the baby would live, I’m happy the dared it

  15. Hadassah

    April 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Beautiful news for the morning. Thank God! *teary eyes*

  16. christy

    April 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thanx [email protected] OmoBonlanle if u tink dat cld be d reason 4 ds abnormality, den wat wil u nw said abt a Daughter having a child for deir father, den such child would have look like ??

  17. ugbaby

    April 20, 2012 at 8:36 am

    [email protected] AMAKA’s comment! ur such a clown i swear! cnt stop laughing… lol

  18. Ayaba

    April 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Glory, Glory & GLORY BE TO GOD. God will keep Farouk & his family, GOD BLESS Baitul Mal – a charity organization!

  19. Tommy Girl

    April 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Fantastic!! All glory to God.

  20. ty

    April 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

    i’m having goose bumps all over me right now….i first saw this news on facebook n wen i hrd d doctors were battling to save his life, i didnt think he wld survive it bt Thanks be to our God Almighty who worked out this miracle….HE IS AN AWESOME GOD

  21. LPS

    April 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

    God bless and continue to increase the wisdom of Doctors! Jezz
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  22. LA BELLE

    April 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Alhamdulilahi

  23. Aibee

    April 20, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Thank God is all I can say right now. I just saw a picture of another young boy with the same problem. He was about 8yrs old and as he grew, so did the legs of the conjoined twin grow only that it is shrivelled and looks diseased, probably due to the lack of exercise. This life is full of plenty things.

  24. dbaby

    April 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY

  25. Bakare Hakeem

    April 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Waoh! This baby middle name should be MIRACLE.

  26. Jumoke Salau

    April 20, 2012 at 10:18 am

    There is nobody like God. Its a big miracle

  27. ij

    April 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Hats off to these doctors

  28. asein patricia

    April 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Our GOD is d God of sings n wonders….. indeed is al about GOD .. humanly is impossible, but wit GOD this has become possible. all glory be ascribed unto GOD.

  29. Sexxie

    April 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Praise God!!! He is ever merciful, always has a plan for every of His creation. That child could have died during operation but God saved him via the doctors, he will live to fulfill God’s for his life. Miracles abound this season, first in Argentina & now this. Thanks BN, this goodnews made my day.
    @ THE AMAKA…you mustn’t comment on every post, you shoulda kept quiet instead of being STUPID!
    A big AMEN!!! @ the Al Qaeda prayer.

    • THE AMAKA

      April 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Uhhhhh, look around….I DONT comment on every post, I was just making an observation.

  30. mr basket

    April 21, 2012 at 8:13 am

    there’s no nobody lyk GOD,may his name alone be praise.

  31. wamukota loice

    April 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    where there is a will, there is a way.God is great !

  32. mahesh

    April 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    In india (hindus), marrying cousin is a far fetched thought. It is impossible. One can’t even marry somebody with a sir name of his father, mother, grandparetns (both sides). it is considered. is incest and a taboo. There are cases in india, where people with same name married ( not related at all) and they were outcast and in some cases force to separate after marriage. Good incest in Hinduism and you would know. In islam, howeverm it is allowed and that is why it happens not only in bangladesh, pakistan but overall the world in muslim communities. Of course only a certain percentage of muslims do it and not all. Please don’t spread rumor, if you don’t have complete information. thanks

  33. Precious Mkhwanazi

    October 29, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Yooo……. its so sad when inocent kids are born with strange formations but we thank God that this one can live a normal life after surgery…………

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