Six-legged baby gets respite
The doctors, in an operation that lasted for about two hours, successfully removed the extra limbs of the baby boy, who has been stabilised.
Cases of congenital diseases have been reported in Nigeria too. In 2003 surgeons at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center successfully separated 2-month-old conjoined Nigerian twins Faithful and Favour Sobowale-Davies. The twins had been joined at the abdomen and sternum (chest), and their livers had been fused.
Birth defects like the Mermaid syndrome, a deformity where the legs are fused together, Craniopagus, a phenomenon where twins are joined at the head, and Dicephalic parapagus, a condition of having two heads, occur rarely but prove challenging to the medical world.