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Pakistani Baby Born With Six Legs Recovering Well, Following Removal of Extra Limbs [VIDEO]

Doctors at Pakistan's National Institue of Child Health say that a six-legged infant born earlier this month is alive and recovering well, after surgeons removed the baby's extra limbs in an eight-hour surgery last Thursday.

It's almost hard to believe that the child, who appears otherwise normal in the post-surgery photograph featured up top, was actually born with polymelia — a rare birth defect that Jamal Raza, head of the NICH, said affects fewer than one in a million babies.

Raza speculates the baby (whose parents have named him Umar) initially developed as conjoined twins, but that the second twin degenerated in the womb, leaving the extra limbs attached to its sibling. But what's interesting is that for as rare as polymelia is, the development of four extra limbs (as opposed to one, or even two) is especially uncommon.

One can't help but wonder if two of Umar's extra "legs" weren't, in fact, underdeveloped arms — a deformity that is known to occur in a class of conjoined twins known as Ischiopagus Tetrapus. In any case, we wish the baby and his parents a speedy and smooth recovery. [The Huffington Post]

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Comment by Chisel Lean on April 30, 2012 at 12:14pm

Hope the little dude makes it safely

Comment by O.N.E. on April 29, 2012 at 5:41pm
Comment by Huggy Bear on April 28, 2012 at 7:58pm

Kenny Charles is just another Dumb ASS that skipped his classes hence his ignorance of gentics and science...He's no better than a hate monger!  What if this was his child???


This incident with baby with six limbs has nothing to dowith going with your cousins.  Things like this happens when nature's gentic messages get mixed up!  Look at the twins from Minnesota that were born with two heads and share one body:  They are highly symmetric, giving the appearance of having just a single body with little variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up, each twin having a separate heart, stomach, spine and spinal cord.

Comment by Brian Anderson on April 28, 2012 at 3:55pm

Kenny Charles, the comment you made show that you're lack of sense!!!

Comment by kenny charles on April 27, 2012 at 12:51pm

This is what happens when you go with your cousins

Comment by evolution on April 27, 2012 at 8:28am


Comment by BIG F* on April 27, 2012 at 2:33am

God is good!!! I'm glade to hear everything went well and I'm praying for a full recovery. A lot of people don't believe that God touch people life through other people. The doctor's did the work but God guided they hands!!! Blessing to all....

Comment by Bombahdrop on April 26, 2012 at 10:43pm
It looks like three extra legs, in total it looks like five, so where is the six leg I dont see it. Anyhow this is something I dont see everyday, glad to know the babies surgery was a success. God Bless him.
Comment by patricia hendricks on April 26, 2012 at 9:50pm

this goes to  show that  god is  great .bless all  the  doctors and  nurses for  the  wonderful  work

Comment by sharon stewart on April 26, 2012 at 9:08pm

happy that he is alive,a special one..

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