Surgeons sucessfully reduce baby’s six legs to two

Medical marvel

A baby boy born with six legs has had a successful operation to remove his four extra limbs, doctors said today.

The youngster from Karachi in Pakistan was believed to have had a parasitic twin, which had not developed properly in the womb, resulting in the extra legs.

A team of five doctors had fought to save the boy’s life at the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi.

The head of the NICH, Jamal Raza, said the abnormal birth was the result of a genetic disease which would affect only one in a million or more babies.

‘It was strange that apparently an abnormal baby with six legs was as normal as other children,’ he said.

Before surgeons could operate they said they had to work out which of the limbs belonged to the boy and which to his twin.

Doctors examined MRI, blood tests and CT scan reports before deciding to perform the surgery. The operation lasted eight-hours and was performed in stages.

The baby had been in an intensive care unit ward since he was born last week to the wife of an X-ray technician.

Imran Shaikh, the baby’s father who lives in Sukkur, said he was grateful his son was treated.

‘We are a poor family. I am thankful to the government and doctors for helping us successful operating my baby,’ he said.

Shaikh and his wife of four years live in Sukkur, around 280 miles north of where his son is being cared for. His wife is

Dr Jamal Raza (right) along with Imran Sheikh reveal the operation was a success

reported to be recovering well from the birth and in a good state of health.

His wife – who is also his cousin – has been unable to travel because she had a caesarean section delivery.

He said they were planning on naming their son Umar Farooq.

The Sindh provincial health department said they were examining if he needed any further treatment to live a normal life.


  1. Tank God d surgrey was sucessful, and sorry for his twin who could nt make it. Why will d man marry his cousin? Wat nonsense, abi women don finish for market? Na wa ooh

  2. Thank God for the gift of life,thank God for a successful surgery. People should learn to respect other people’s cultural beliefs and practices. However, this goes to show the awful consequence(s) of consanguinous marriage. May God keep the poor boy alive. Amin

  3. Father I thank you for saving this baby,may all glory,honour and adoration be unto jesus christ of nazareth. We are in the end time,jesus christ is coming soon.pls make peace with him today and be saved.

  4. May God be priased for such a huge success , but dis could also be a result of marrying close relative. True! Read about the charlse Dawin family. Culture or religion may permit it but if it has negative effects then it can be avoided, since the culture or religion does not stop u from marrying a non-relative.

  5. Islamically there Ȋ̝̊̅§ nothing wrong from marry Ÿ̲Ơ̴̴̴̴͡uя cousin but i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ dis

    Our side,i mean dis country of ours it Ȋ̝̊̅§ a taboo.Thank God that d operation Ȋ̝̊̅§ succesful.

  6. @KRYSSTOFA ooo u get problem, they are talking about a child’s life, you are still reasoning narrowly as usually expect from an average unexposed Nigerian.
    May God help the baby ooo. @KRYSSTOFA PLEASE CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE ITS VERY BAD. Afterall the child is a human being and did not that for himself ooooo.


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