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Battle To Save Boy With Six Legs In Pakistan
Doctors in Pakistan are fighting to save the life of a baby boy born with six legs.
The unnamed infant has a rare genetic condition, hospital officials said.
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.
"The doctors are examining the infant to plan for necessary treatment to save the baby's life and ensure he lives a normal life," said a statement from the provincial health department.
Imran Shaikh, the baby's father who lives in Sukkur, around 450km (280 miles) north of Karachi, said he was grateful his son was being treated.
"We are a poor family. I am thankful to the government for helping us treating my baby," he told the media.
The case is similar to that of Lakshmi Tatma, an Indian girl who sparked international sympathy after she was born with four arms and four legs.
The operation to remove her extra limbs began in 2007 when she was two years old and was a success.
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Poor little Mite....
Bless him! Let's hope any operations he has are a complete success and allow him to lead a normal life.
Let's hope religion is kept out of it.
Amelia Princess Hall
Wudnt it show up in scans and when did surely woudve been kinder to terminate the pregnancy??
As a poor family, as stated in the article, they almost certainly would not have been able to afford scans. It makes you realise just how much we take NHS treatments for granted!
Amelia Princess Hall
Very true its heartbreaking :o( Let's just hope the op a sucess and he lives a happy fullfilled life xx
Poor wee mite hope he's ok
Poor wer mite hope he's ok
Amelia Princess Hall. This childs father probably earns less a week than you spend on cafe lattes. They dont have a national health service like the one we all complain about, so no one wud have known how this poor lad would look like. And its a child, not a dog that you can put down because it doesnt 'fit' into ur fashionistist life.
It would have been more humane for the child to have been terminated where it wouldn't know any better than to have to go through painful operations to allow him to have a normal life. In Pakistan they aren't as kind as here in the U.K. they would have shunned the child for being different and also they don't have safe abortions like they do here. It's not a matter of being a fashionist but the parents don't have a good wage how are they to keep up with medicine for the child? I myself am not pro or anti abortion but it's a necessity when a child won't be able to lead his own life instead being selfish because you wanted a child. Also it's not right to force the idea of abortion is wrong down people's necks.
There are many many similar cases in the UK within the Pakistani community, it stems from inbreeding, cousins marrying cousins. But you won't hear about it for obvious reasons, got to be careful who and how you just might upset people in the UK.
Poor littleman , hope they can hele him .
Marc H - if you read the replies to Amelia's post, you will see she wishes the child a happy life, there was no need to get personal! I think what she meant was that even if the child survives he will be handicapped, unless they can operate somehow and remove the other legs, in a Society where the whole family has to contribute to the coffers he would not be able to work, and probably will not marry, Im not saying the child will not be loved but, seriously, what sort of life would he have? as regards the "dog" comment, I have often wondered why we, quite sensibly, put down a dog if it is deformed or in serious pain or has no quality of life, but because we consider Humans to be a "superior" species we have to suffer! we are all just animals.. Humans just got lucky.
Why is it lucky to be forced to exist in pain and suffering because we do allow the compassionate use of euthanasia?
Janet, you raise a very valid point. Hopefully, in the near future, the government will introduce legislation to allow euthanasia on compassionate grounds.
This how evolution happens - a rare genetic mutation that, if proved benefitial to the species, will continue to breed - so this is illustrating how we evolved from fish. Fascinating.
Really hope the little boy can be helped. Good luck little one.
The child has survived so far and apart from the extra limbs looks normal. I hope the additional limbs can be removed successfully but the quality of his life will depend on whether he has any internal abnormalities. India, despite its progress, is still a poor country and facilities for the disabled would be minimal. I do hope he will not end up begging on the streets to help support himself and his family.
Jacqui Morrison, I read what Amelia posted before I replied and I stand by my statement
Dam ! thats so sad........
poor littile guy...
poor little boy. I hope all goes well for him and wish him all the best in life :)
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They say it is not one baby but two, so where is the rest of the other baby. I hope they can help this little baby and he can go on to lead as normal a life that is possible. God belss little one.
rare genetic condition? mmmmm x-rays? mmmmm