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Woman Asks Doctors to Help Her Baby Boy Who Has Grown a Tail

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A woman in China is hoping that doctors will help her with her seven-month-old son's three-inch long "tail," which apparently is still growing.

Named Xiao Wei, the boy was born with spina bifida. In spina bifida, the spinal column does not fully close. Unfortunately, Xiao has a variant of the condition which causes the spinal cord to protrude and form a sac.

Chen Wei, the mother, said multiple surgeons told her they can not remove the growth.

Huang Chanping, a surgeon, said, "The growth is quite well developed and now measures some 10 centimeters," he said. "If we cut it off, it will simply grow again. We need to repair the spinal canal first to stop it reoccurring."

While children with spina bifida have increased physical complications, they also suffer from learning disabilities and are at a higher risk of developing ADHD.

Doctors often perform surgery on children with the condition during infancy so they can prevent brain damage and physical disability.

They recommend taking folic acid supplements during pregnancy to prevent it from occurring.

The condition is relatively rare, only affecting 1,500 babies per year in America. 

Sources: NY Daily News, The Sun