Pak doctors fight to save life of baby with six legs

It is not one baby. They are two,one of them is premature,says director of NICH.

Written by Agencies | Karachi | Published: April 17, 2012 9:33 am

Doctors in Pakistan are fighting to save the life of a baby boy 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,Jamal Raza,the director of National Institute of the Child Health in Karachi,told reporters.

“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,” said a statement from the provincial health department.

Imran Shaikh,the baby’s father who lives in Sukkur,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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