Unusual Parasitic Twin Results In Successful Surgery

Parasitic twinning is extremely rare, but there's good news for a little Ugandan boy — surgery to restore him to the normal number of limbs was successful.

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An unusual birth in Uganda shocked everyone who witnessed it — the baby boy was born with two extra arms and two extra legs. Fortunately, three months later, the operation to remove the extra limbs was successful.

Parasitic twinning

Parasitic twinning is a rare form of conjoined twinning. When the twins begin developing in early pregnancy, they don't separate, and one twin continues developing normally at the expense of the other. The parasitic twin in this case didn't have a head, nor a heart, but had two arms and two legs in addition to a rudimentary trunk.

When little Paul Mukisa was examined by doctors, they discovered that he shared part of his pelvic bone with the twin, and tests revealed that his heart and liver were not in their typical positions.

Doctors determined that since he was generally in good health, he could go home to grow a little stronger so he could tolerate the surgery better when the time came.

A successful surgery

Three months later, Paul and his family returned to the hospital where a team of surgeons operated on him for three hours. They reported that he tolerated the surgery well and there were no complications.

Three weeks after his operation, he is doing great and is breastfeeding well.

"The father and mother were very grateful because at first they thought it was due to witchcraft, and their baby was a laughingstock because of the abnormalities," Dr. Nasser Kakembo, one of his surgeons, told CNN.

They say that he will remain in the hospital for another two weeks, and he may experience a wide gait that could need orthopedic correction in the future, but he's expected to do well.

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