Saving Life of Baby With Six Legs, Pakistan Doctors Pressing

by Nancy Needhima on  April 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM General Health News
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In order to save the life of a baby boy born with six legs owing to a rare genetic condition, doctors in Pakistan are doing their best, hospital officials said on Monday.
Saving Life of Baby With Six Legs, Pakistan Doctors Pressing
Saving Life of Baby With Six Legs, Pakistan Doctors Pressing

The infant 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 450 kilometres (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.

Source: AFP

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