Polymelia, a rare congenital birth defect was found in a baby girl born with three legs on Tuesday at the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) hospital in Jamshoro.

The doctors claim that the newborn is in a stable condition but a surgery to remove the third leg which protrudes from her hip bone will be planned following further medical examination.

Dr Faheem Memon, a surgeon, to whom LUMHS referred the case to said, “Initially, we feared that her bladder and bowel system may not work but it turned out to be working after she urinated.”

Based on Memon’s statements, the baby has a leg with a fully developed foot. He added that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan will be carried out in the next couple of days to see whether the amputation will affect her spine or nerves.

“We are planning to perform the surgery at LUMHS and this is going to be the first such case,” claimed Memon. However, he said that if the extra leg is found to be connected to the spine then LUMHS will refer the girl to other hospitals in Karachi.

Dr. Noshad Shaikh, LUMHS vice-chancellor, also examined the newborn and made it clear that the varsity will cover all her medical expenses in any private hospital.

Iqbal Jatoi, the newborn’s father is from Abdullah Chanro village in Dadu, Sindh.

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