Offbeat

By Bilal Kuchay


A baby born with eight limbs has finally returned home after undergoing life changing surgery.

Last October Gurfan Ali and Sarwed Ahmed Nadar flew to India with their two-week old baby boy, Karam, who was born with with four additional limbs.

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The young baby had a rare condition where a conjoined twin did not fully form and was partially absorbed, resulting in the additional limbs.

The young parents, who were initially horrified with the condition of their only child, are now happy after the miraculous surgery at a hospital just outside Delhi.

An official at the Jaypee Hospital, where the surgery was done, said: “Both Gurfan and Nader were very happy, when they left the hospital.”

Nader, who is a practising doctor in Iraq, flew his baby to India after surgeons in Iraq were unable to perform the critical operation.

Senior orthopaedic consultant Dr Gaurav Rathore, said: “When Karam was brought to Jaypee Hospital for the first time, he was just two weeks old and his condition was very critical.

“He had four extra limbs by birth-out of which two hands and a leg were like of a normal child.

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“One leg of the baby was shorter than the usual size and the other one was divided into two parts looking like two separate limbs.

“In addition, two limbs – one like a leg and the other one like a hand were protruding out of the stomach. The baby’s normal leg was also slightly crooked.”

The rare condition is called Polymelia and in medical history, according to Rathore, there have been only five to six such cases across the globe.

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Karam’s surgery was conducted in three stages, first removing the limbs sticking out from his stomach before correcting a cardiac complication.

Rathore said: “We removed all the extra limbs but the baby will require more procedures as he grows older to correct other anomalies. The baby will be admitted in the hospital again after six months.”

Karam’s father Nadar hopes that his son now grows up normal and healthy.

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Dad, Nadar, 28, said:”He is my only child and the first-born is always special.

“Even though, there were a lot of risks but I never lost hope.”