A successful surgery was performed in India on an unusual baby that was born combined with its conjoined twin that had not fully formed. The child had eight limbs, two of which were protruding from its stomach. This operation is being celebrated as the first success of its kind.
The operation was a complicated procedure that had three stages. Only six such cases are present in the entire world, making this even more difficult for the doctors, who did not have a reference point for the removal of the excess limbs.
Since the surgery, the child is being described as “happy and “courageous.” The parents are extremely relieved that their son has a chance to grow up leading a normal life.
There are just five or six known cases worldwide of this condition, making the task more difficult for the doctors, said senior orthopaedic consultant Gaurav Rathore, who was part of the surgical team. “He was brought to us when he was just two weeks old and his condition was quite unique. Most of the surgeries we performed had not been attempted before,” Rathore told reporters in Noida, a satellite city outside New Delhi.
“Till now our journey has been quite successful. Karam is a very courageous young baby. He is in fact a very happy child.” The team of doctors at Jaypee Hospital conducted the surgery in three stages, first removing the limbs sticking out from his stomach before correcting a cardiac complication.
The final procedure saw doctors remove all the extra limbs, though he will require more procedures as he grows older to correct other anomalies. A hub of medical tourism, India attracts thousands of patients from all over the world, owing to low costs and high quality of medical care. Karam’s father Nadar, who was initially horrified when his son was born, said his only hope was that his son now grows up normal and healthy.
“He is my only child and the first-born is always special,” said Nadar, 28. “There were a lot of risks but I never lost hope.”