Doctors save baby born with three legs
MOSCOW – Doctors saved a baby born with three legs, two penises and no anus and said he will have a normal life after surgery.
A Moscow health department source said: ‘The boy is 14 months old now. He is walking and looking around at the world. He is curious.”
Medics in Moscow believe the third leg, that had two heels and was located between his two other legs, came from a twin that did not fully develop in the mother’s womb.
The baby boy was also born with two sets of genitals but no anus.
A medical source said: ‘Most likely, at the beginning these were twins. The middle leg had two heels. These had to be two boys, but (in the womb) it turned into just one baby.”
The additional leg was spotted during a routine scan on the unidentified mother, who lives in a provincial Russian region.
The mother declined an abortion and the child was delivered in a natural birth, say reports. Urgent surgery was performed on the baby, born in July 2018, to allow him to defecate.
One month later the boy’s middle leg was removed at Holy Vladimir Children’s Hospital in Moscow by one of Russia’s top pediatric surgeons Professor Yury Sokolov, 55, accompanied by Dr Evgenia Kartseva.
In February this year urologists removed the child’s additional genitals and a second set of urinary organs.
The baby then had surgery to shape the anus in the correct location. One further operation is needed in three months to allow for the normal use of the anus, said the medics. (dailymail)