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Indian doctors give seven-month-old baby born with eight limbs a new lease of life

The team of doctors observed the baby and considering the risk factors, decided to perform the critical surgery in three stages.

Indian doctors give seven-month-old baby born with eight limbs a new lease of life
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New Delhi: A seven-month-old baby from Iraq, suffering from polymelia, has been given a new lease of life, thanks to a team of doctors in Noida's Jaypee Hospital.

Polymelia, a birth defect in which babies are born with more than the usual number of limbs, had a boy named Karam in a critical condition with eight limbs.

"Both the legs of the baby which were protruding out of the stomach were connected through his sternum (the breastbone) and there was no abdominal wall defect. His blood veins were also adjoined to his liver veins," Ashish Rai, Senior Consultant, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Jaypee Hospital, told reporters.

Using the complex microscopic technique, these veins were separated and then his legs protruding out of his stomach were removed from his body.

Karam was in a bad state upon his arrival in the hospital for his surgery. He was only two-weeks-old at the time and had distorted limbs and intestines, along with situs inversus of the intestine with an extremely rare condition where a conjoined twin did not fully form and was partially absorbed.

The team of doctors observed the baby and considering the risk factors, decided to perform the critical surgery in three stages.

In the first stage, Karam's clubfeet was treated and the two limbs which were protruding out of his stomach were removed.

In the second stage, the doctors performed "PA Band" surgery so that his left ventricle can control his entire body's blood circulation after the treatment and he can undergo a 'Double Switch Surgery' in future.

In the third stage of the surgery, the other two limbs were also removed from his body.

"The level of the surgery was complicated as it took almost eight hours but we did not face any major issues. We had planned the surgery thoroughly. We had done all the investigation earlier regarding the case," Gaurav Rathore, Senior Consultant, Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement Department, Jaypee Hospital, told IANS.

"There are just five or six known cases worldwide of this condition," Rathore added.

(With IANS inputs)

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