A baby born with eight limbs in Uganda is recovering from surgery to remove his parasitic twin.
Three-month-old Paul Mukisa was born in the small village of Nabigingo, and his mother was shocked to discover that her fifth child was born with four arms and four legs. The family rushed from their home, where Paul was born, to a hospital where a team of doctors determined a diagnosis of “parasitic twinning.”
After a series of tests, doctors figured out that baby Paul and the parasitic twin shared a pelvic bone, and testing also revealed that the baby had abnormalities with his organs, as his heart was on the right side and his liver was on the left.
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Earlier last month, doctors were finally able to operate on Paul after giving him three months to grow at home.
“The baby was given general anesthesia and the torso and trunk of the parasitic twin -- which had two arms but no head or heart -- was detached from the host baby,” said Dr. Nasser Kakembo.
“Then we also detached the lower limbs of the parasitic twin from the host, which included disarticulating the right and left lower limbs as they were attached by joints. We controlled the bleeding and fashioned skin flaps to close the resulting wound," he added. "There were no intra-operative or post-operative complications and mild blood loss and a precautionary blood transfusion was given.”
Reports say that the child is currently recovering and doing well after the surgery, which the hospital says was the first one of its kind they ever had to perform.
“The father and mother were very grateful because at first they thought it was due to witchcraft, and their baby was a laughing stock because of the abnormalities,” said Dr. Kakembo.
Doctors say they have no reason to believe that the baby won’t continue to grow into a healthy adult, but they anticipate that he may need reconstructive surgery on his pelvic bone in the future.
Photo Credit: Dr. Kakembo Nasser