Woman gives birth to baby with no legs and arms
A 28-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl without arms and legs last Friday, June 26, in India.
The mother welcomed her daughter in their home in the state of Madhya Pradesh, as per the Press Trust of India via Outlook India yesterday, June 27.
The baby was born without limbs due to an autosomal recessive congenital disorder called Tetra-Amelia, Metro reported on the same day.
According to the United States’ National Institutes of Health, the disorder is very rare and is caused by a mutation in the WNT3 gene. The said gene plays “critical roles in development before birth” and produces a protein involved in the formation of limbs.
Bhopal chief medical health officer and pediatrician Dr. Prabhakar Tiwari also pointed out that the disorder affects one in 100,000 newborns. This baby girl is the first one he has seen throughout his whole career.
Meanwhile, Dr. Eva Bermejo-Sanchez of the Research Centre on Congenital Anomalies at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Spain stated in a 2011 study that the syndrome occurs in roughly one out of every 71,000 pregnancies.
The report added that the said disorder can affect the development of one’s lungs as well, resulting in difficulty in breathing. Doctors suggest that the newborn should be examined further to see whether or not her internal organs have developed normally.
However, the parents have chosen not to send their baby to a hospital for a check-up yet. The father also stated that the child is doing well. Ryan Arcadio/JB