Surgeons at KEM Hospital will conduct a surgery on Friday to remove the two extra limbs of a 10-month-old boy born with four legs.
The child, Raj Manwar, was born on May 18, 2011, in a primary health centre at village in Washim district.
Raj, who has a genetic disorder called caudal duplication syndrome, has two legs and two sets of genital organs.
“Neighbours and doctors would come to our house to stare at the child,” said his father, Ravindra, a daily wage labourer at farms in Washim.
“We contacted the KEM doctors via telemedicine. They told us to come to Mumbai for the surgery. The child was admitted last Tuesday,” said Ravindra who has come to Mumbai with his wife, Vaishali and his mother.
Ravindra has been worried that the child will miss out on his developmental milestones.
“He is very uncomfortable and is not able to sit up like other children his age. Hopefully the surgery will help him become better,” said Ravindra.
The hospital has scheduled the surgery for Friday by a team led by Dr Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM Hospital.
“The child has two rudimentary legs which will be first removed. This is the first step of his treatment,” said a doctor on the condition of anonymity.
The hospital has conducted other investigations such as CT-scan, X-ray, ultrasound, to check if his internal organs are also duplicated.
“Only his urinary bladder has two tubes connected to the two penises. One of his penises is more functional than the other. We will remove the less functional penis and scrotum later,” said the doctor.
“I will talk about the case after conducting surgery on Friday,” said Dr Oak.
In the meanwhile, Ravindra is worried about the expenses.
“I am sure his medication will cost a lot after the surgery. I am worried about it,” said Ravindra.