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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/16/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Newborn Chinese baby boy now expected to live normal life

A 13-day-old baby boy now has a greater chance at a normal life after doctors have removed superfluous limbs from him. Now in stable condition, the child was born with a headless, parasitic twin.

The conjoined twins weighed just over three kilograms before surgery, with the removed parasitic fetus weighing 0.6kg.

The conjoined twins weighed just over three kilograms before surgery, with the removed parasitic fetus weighing 0.6kg.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/16/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: COnjoined twins, China, prenantal care


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The child was born with four hands and four feet in China's southern Guangdong province. Originally from Huizhou, doctors at a hospital in Huizhou city performed the long and delicate surgery.

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"They were supposed to be twins, but one had underdeveloped and became deformed," Yu Jiakang, chief surgeon at Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center said.

Doctors at a hospital in Huizhou city, in China

Doctors at a hospital in Huizhou city, in China's Guangdong province, released this picture of the baby with four hands and four feet before surgery.


The conjoined twins weighed just over three kilograms before surgery, with the removed parasitic fetus weighing 0.6kg.

According to the Global Times, the baby was diagnosed with pneumonia and congenital heart disease, which is common among children in China, before surgery.

Known only as Mr. Chen, the child's father said he had taken his son to several hospitals near his home but none have been able to give him reasons for the deformity.

When identical twins form, a single egg splits during fertilization - as opposed to two eggs both being fertilized.

Conjoined twins form when a split egg fails to fully separate. What is sadly referred to as a  "parasite" conjoined twin can survive but not when one absorbs the other.

The conjoined twins weighed just over 3kg before surgery.

The conjoined twins weighed just over 3kg before surgery.


Surgeons in Peru operated on a three year old boy in 2012 to remove a nine-inch-long twin weighing a pound and a half.

In addition, doctors had to remove a two-inch embryo from the body of a nine-year-old girl in Greece in 2008.

The brain, lungs and heart are some of the last parts of the body to develop. Removing a parasitic twin is usually easier than attempting to separate conjoined twins.

The father said he blamed himself for not taking good care of his wife and son during pregnancy. "I only cared about my work. I just thought of making money instead of taking her to hospital for a medical checkup."

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