Extra limbs removed from stomach of 8-month-old Iraqi boy by Noida doctors

Eight-month –old Karam from war-torn Iraq, was given a new lease of life when Noida-based doctors operated on him, and removed extra limbs from his stomach, which is a rare disorder.

Apart from regular 2 hands and 2 legs, the toddler had for extra limbs that started to develop when he was just a few weeks old. These four limbs were protruding out from the boy’s stomach who was also born with just one kidney.

Karam was brought to India by his parents around 6 months ago so that they can find a cure for their little boy who suffering from a rare disorder. While his mother Gufran is a home maker, his father, Dr. Sarmad Ahmed, works in the emergency department of Al-Sawera hospital.

His father said, “Years of civil war and violence have left the medical services in Iraq in a shambles. We were alarmed over Karam’s condition and started looking for treatment options in other countries and we found that there is a cure in India.”

A team of expert doctors from Paediatric Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and Aesthetics and Reconstruction departments of Jaypee Hospital of Noida performed surgery on the little boy.

Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Director, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery informed, “This disease is called Polymelia and when Karam was brought to us, he was just two-weeks-old and his condition was extremely critical. He had four extra limbs at birth. One of his legs were shorter than usual and the other one was divided into two parts looking like two separate limbs. In addition, two limbs — one like a leg and the other like hand — were protruding from his stomach. The baby’s normal leg was also slightly crooked.”

Dr. Gaurav Rathore, Senior Consultant, Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement Department further added that, “We observed the baby and considering the risk factors, we decided to operate him in multiple stages. In the first two stages, Karam’s club feet was treated and the two limbs which were protruding out of his stomach were removed. Recently, we performed third stage of the surgery in which the other two limbs were also removed. Along with this, Karam’s crooked back was also treated with pelvic osteotomy surgery. This surgery took us around 7- 8 hours.”

The boy’s surgery was done in three stages. Every stage of the surgery took 7-8 hours. He is now recovering quickly. The optimistic and happy mother of Karam said, “We are now hopeful of giving him a normal life like any other child.”

The doctors are of the view that these kinds of cases are quite rare and generally occur when the mother is carrying twins in her womb. Dr. Pramod Sharma, Head of Department, Paediatric Surgery, super specialty child hospital, Noida informed that “We have also treated one such patient in our hospital in the past one year. Such a condition arises when the mother is carrying twins, and due to some defect, the kids’ foetuses merge.”

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