Baby girl with extra lower limb born in Pakistan

HYDERABAD: A Baby girl belonging to a Jatoi family residing in Village Abdullah Chanro, District Jamshoro was born with an extra lower limb was born in Gynecology Unit IV at Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro on 26th July 2016. While visiting the newborn baby, the Vice Chancellor LUMHS Prof. Noshad A. Shaikh commented that the baby is a case of Polymelia, which is a very rare congenital anomaly with the presence of extra limbs attached to various body regions, and this rare condition occurs in one out of a million infants. The extra limb is most commonly shrunken and/or deformed.

He informed that the baby has all the normal systems in the body except the additional limb for which multidisciplinary approach/expert opinion is required involving Pediatric Surgery, Urology, Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery and Radiology. The newborn of only four days has two arms in the correct place, but she also has a third arm joined to her back near the spinal cord in the result of this abnormality. This rare disorder occurs in the womb when the cells form abnormally during the embryonic development and as a consequence the embryo begins to develop as conjoined twins but stops, leaving the remaining developments of the undeveloped twin attached to the body of the other.

The Vice Chancellor announced to bear all the expenses for the total treatment of the baby which will involve a team of five surgeons. He directed the concerned departments to evaluate the treatment required for the baby, and if the need arises, the baby can be referred to any specific Hospital of the country for complete treatment on University’s expenses.

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