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Eight-Limbed Boy Recovering Well After Surgery To Remove His Parasitic Twin

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A baby boy born with four legs and four arms is recovering well after undergoing a major surgery to remove his parasitic twin.  The boy, Paul Mukisa, who was born in Uganda in May, was born with eight limbs and his heart and liver on the wrong sides. 

Although the doctors said his conjoined twin was not fully developed, the child’s parents thought their son was a victim of witchcraft.Paul underwent surgery on 18 August with three surgeons, three anesthesiologists and two nurses successfully removing parts of the parasitic twin.  The operation, which was the first of its kind at the hospital, lasted for three hours.

According to CNN, one of the surgeons, Dr. Nasser Kakembo, said that the boy’s mother and father were extremely grateful.

“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. 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.

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. There were no intra-operative or post-operative complications and mild blood loss and a precautionary blood transfusion was given.”

Paul’s mother Ms Awino told Ugandan newspaper the Daily Monitor that she couldn’t be happier.

“I still can’t believe that my child is normal. I didn’t know what to do with him but I am very happy he was operated for free.”


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