Acquiring a condition that afflicts just one in 1 million babies, a newborn baby in Pakistan was born with six legs. The baby boy was born last week in Sukkur, a city in Sindh Province in southeastern Pakistan.
Doctors believe that the baby had been a conjoined with a parasitic twin and that one baby never fully developed.
Doctors at the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi are currently caring for the baby, but the outlook is not great simply because the family does not have the money to take the baby to a larger hospital in a bigger city and pay for the surgery. The NY Daily News reports that the baby’s father, Imran Shaikh, “pleaded with the government and charities to pay for the child’s surgery”:
“I can’t afford to visit Karachi and get treatment for my baby,” Shaikh, an X-ray technician, said. “I appeal to philanthropists and the government to come forward for the treatment.
Although Shaikh works as an x-ray technician, he only earns the equivalent of $66-a-month. He and his wife live nearly 300 miles form where the baby is being cared for. The doctors who are taking care of the baby are said to be working on a plan for surgery, and considering calling on foreign experts for help.
The couple plans on naming the baby Umar Farooq who is said to be the first Pakisani baby born with six legs.
Hopefully, news of this story will get out and doctors and/or hospitals will find it in their hearts to take on this surgery regardless of payment and help this child lead a normal life. For now, the baby remains in intensive care.
UPDATE: Read the exciting developments on baby Umar here.
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