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.