In the best outcome possible, Umar Farooq, the baby boy who was born with six legs in Sukkur, a city in Sindh Province in southeastern Pakistan, has received life-altering surgery.
The Huffington Post reports that surgeons at the National Institute of Health in Karachi, Pakistan, have successfully separated four extra limbs.
Just a week ago, the baby’s outlook was not great simply because the family did not have the money to take the baby to a larger hospital in a bigger city and pay for the surgery. 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.”
Luckily, the governor of Sindh agreed that the child’s medical cost would be covered by the government.
Dr. Raza, who headed the team that performed the surgery, explained that the extra limbs were caused by a condition called polymelia, “which is caused when cells don’t form properly during embryonic development… the baby started out developing as conjoined twins, but then one of the twins stopped growing and disintegrated except for its legs, which remained attached to the fetus.” It was strange that an apparently abnormal baby with six legs was as normal as other children.Before surgeons could operate they said they had to work out which of the limbs belonged to the boy and which to his twin.
The parents are so grateful to the government for stepping up to help them. Shaikh expressed his thanks:
“A team of five experienced doctors have successfully separated the extra legs and limbs from the baby today. He is very much safe and secure. It is great news for us. What parents want is to see their kids healthy and strong. We pray his life remains normal and joyful.”
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