Monday, April 16, 2012

Doctors battle to save baby with 6 legs

Doctors in Pakistan are fighting to save the life of a baby boy who was born with six legs because of a rare genetic condition, hospital officials said.
The infant was born to the wife of an X-ray technician a week ago, Karachi National Institute of Child Health director Jamal Raza said.  
"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," a statement from the provincial health department said.

Imran Shaikh, the baby's father, who lives in Sukkur, around 450 kilometres 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 said.

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