Baby Boy with six legs born in Pakistan

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Pakistani doctors have their work cut out, as they battle the odds to save a newborn baby with a rare genetic condition that left him with six legs.

The week old boy is believed to be one half of parasitic twins; the other twin was born prematurely and incompletely developed, which resulted in the second child having the extra legs.

Baby Boy with six legs

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Doctors are planning to operate on the boy and were considering asking for help from foreign experts with more experience in the rare disease, which afflicts just one in one million babies.

Jamal Raza, director of the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi said that doctors at the institute are fighting to save the newborn, which remains in an intensive care unit ward. Raza clarified that the newborn did not have six legs, he had two legs and the other four belonged to the other twin.

The baby’s father, Imran Shaikh, who works as an X-ray technician, made a plea for help from the government and charities. Shaikh and his wife of four years live in Sukkur, around 280 miles north of where his son is being cared for.

His wife, who is also his cousin, is reported to be recovering well from the birth and in a good state of health. Shaikh said they were planning on naming their son Umar Farooq.

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