Friday, April 20, 2012

Six-legged baby successfully operated

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Doctors in a Karachi hospital have successfully removed the extra limbs of a baby boy who was born with six legs.The operation lasted for about two hours, and the baby is now in stable condition, doctors at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi said on Thursday.Birth defects like the Mermaid syndrome, a deformity where the legs are fused together, Craniopagus, a phenomenon where twins are joined at the head, and Dicephalic parapagus, a condition of having two heads, occur rarely but prove challenging to the medical world. Here are some instances of successful treatment of congenital diseases.

Doctors fight to save life of six-legged baby

Doctors in a Karachi hospital have successfully removed the extra limbs of a baby boy who was born with six legs.The operation lasted for about two hours, and the baby is now in stable condition, doctors at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi said on Thursday.
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Doctors fight to save life of six-legged baby
A woman holds her newly-born grandson, who has six legs, for a photograph at her home in Sukkur in Pakistan's Sindh province on April 14, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Fight to save baby boy born with six legs

This handout photograph released by the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) on April 16, 2012, shows a newly-born child with six legs as he lies in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward at a hospital in Karachi. Doctors in Pakistan are fighting to save the life of a baby boy born with six legs because of a rare genetic condition, hospital officials said.AFP PHOTO/NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH

Fight to save baby boy born with six legs

The boy was born to the wife of an X-ray technician a week ago, Jamal Raza, the director of National Institute of the Child Health in Karachi , told reporters."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 be named, said the extra limbs were the result of a genetic disease which would affect only one in a million or more babies.

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