A baby born with four arms and four legs in Guangzhou, Guangdong province had the extra limbs successfully removed by doctors and is now in stable condition at the Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center three days after the surgery, Global Times reports.
The 10-day-old boy, from Huizhou, Guangdong province, was born joined to a headless parasitic twin joined at the torso on April 2.
“They were supposed to be twins, but one had underdeveloped and became deformed,” said Yu Jiakang, chief surgeon at Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center.
The conjoined twins weighed just over three kilograms before surgery, with the removed parasitic fetus weighing 0.6 kilograms.
A similar case happened with a baby in Karachi in Pakistan two years ago. A doctor at the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi said that the abnormal birth was the result of a genetic disease which affects only one in a million or so babies.
According to the Global Times, the baby in Guangzhou was diagnosed with pneumonia and congenital heart disease (common among children in China) before surgery.