A couple that lives in Sukkur, Pakistan had a surprise two weeks ago when their baby was born. It was a baby born with 6 legs and at first a bit of a mystery. The condition is not unheard of and is experienced in about 1 in 1 million of babies born.
The baby’s name is Umar Farooq. Umar was born with four extra limbs on the base of the body. The parents rushed the infant to a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan when they noticed the baby was having troubles staying alive. Experts at the hospital actually asked foreign doctors what the best way was to treat the baby’s condition.
Watch the videos below (one with an 8 legged baby!)
The condition has several names when a baby is born with extra legs and limbs. The most common medical term is polymelia which creates supernumerary limbs and is the cause of cells not developing properly during embryonic development. The condition is also called a paristic twin. The condition is typically caused when two conjoined twins are inside a womb and one doesn’t survive. In this case, the other twin of the 6 legged baby, Umar Farooq didn’t survive and disintegrated but left behind the extra limbs. These were left growing on the remaining baby in the womb.
For more information about parsitic twins Wikipedia states this information on what exactly they are: “A parasitic twin (also known as an asymmetrical or unequal conjoined twin) is the result of the processes that produce vanishing twins and conjoined twins, and may represent a continuum between the two.Parasitic twins occur when a twin embryo begins developing in utero, but the pair does not fully separate, and one embryo maintains dominant development at the expense of the other. Unlike conjoined twins, one ceases development during gestation and is vestigial to a mostly fully formed, otherwise healthy individual twin. The undeveloped twin is defined as parasitic, rather than conjoined, because it is incompletely formed or wholly dependent on the body functions of the complete fetus. The independent twin is called the autosite.”
To be completely up front about this condition, it was reported by the New York Daily News that the couple that had the infant with six legs were actually cousins. It’s well known that when cousins and close family give birth to children there are more medical issues than normal. The family of this polymelia baby is lucky since the government offered to help.
The Pakistan Observer said that when the father, an X-ray tech found out the costs and complications of the surgery he decided to reach out to the Pakistan government for assistance. Imran Shaikh asked organization and the government if they would help pay for the cost because as he said, “We are a poor family. I am thankful to the government for helping us treating my baby.” It was later announced by the governor of Sindh that the 6 legged baby’s hospital expenses, including surgery would be covered by the government.
The doctors in Pakistan announced that surgery went well for the baby and the baby now only has two legs. A publication called Dawn produced in Pakistan interviewed Jamal Raza, the director of National Institute of Child Health in Karachi and said, “A team of five experienced doctors have successfully separated the extra legs and limbs from the baby today. He is very much safe and secure.”
We have both before and after photos of the baby with 6 legs and also video of the family & baby below The baby born with 6 legs pictures are graphic so please be warned!
Umar Farooq before surgery with six legs:
Six Leg Baby after surgery recovering:
6-Legs baby Boy Born in Pakistan
Please note: We’re including the title of the video below but we’ve confirmed that this is definitely not the world’s first baby born with six legs!
Worlds first Baby Boy with 6 Legs born
“Breaking News” Six legged baby born Pakistan Doctors battle save million baby boy.Doctors battle to save one-in-a-million baby who was born with SIX legs.Baby was one half of a conjoined twin who did not completely develop in the womb.Doctors believe extra legs belong to twin brother.Tests being done to see if experts can operate.Parents of baby are cousins
We found another story on another parasitic twin that had 8 legs when born. This baby was called the 8 limbed baby and was featured on TLC.
TLC’s 8 Limbed Baby
My Shocking Story, explores the dramatic case of eight-legged (really both arms & legs) baby Rishabh Ghimire, who lived with a half-formed, parasitic twin feeding off his blood supply, putting a potentially life threatening strain on his heart. The time for separation has come, and it is to take place at Children’s Hospital LA, with paediatric surgeon James Stein. We follow Rishabh’s family’s emotional, medical and personal voyage from their remote village in Nepal to the bright lights of Los Angeles and to the world leading CHLA and, the medical journey of Dr James Stein and his crack surgical team, who’ve invited the family .