The family of a baby boy born with a parasitic twin wanted to throw him into the river before a local hospital offered him free surgery.
Kuli Bai, 22, gave birth to the boy at her home in a small village, in Pindwara, northern India.
Her family was shocked by her son’s two extra legs, hand and penis they were going to dump him in a nearby river.
News spread throughout the village quickly, until it reached Bharat Pal Danda, 35, who runs Matra Chhaya Hospital, in Pindwara, who immediately sent an ambulance to collect the mother and child.
After removing the baby’s extra limbs and intestines, he is said to be getting better.
Mr Danda said: ‘I was very shocked when I heard these relatives, who seem extremely orthodox and superstitious, were planning to kill the baby by throwing him into the river. I couldn’t sit back and do nothing.
‘When they arrived I was upset to see the condition of the child. We did an initial diagnosis and gave him immediate treatment but the child was critical so we referred him to a better hospital.’
The boy was taken to the government hospital SMS Medical Institute and Hospital, in Jaipur, around 450 km from Pindwara.
A team of four doctors successfully operated and removed the baby’s parasitic twin.
Dr Parveen Mathur, senior professor and head of the pediatric department, who carried out the surgery, said: ‘The child had four legs, three hands and two penises.
‘The upper limb of the parasitic twin was underdeveloped. Even though he was internally fine, his condition was problematic due to the attached extra limbs and genitals.
‘We have now removed the extra limbs and intestines that were restricted to the parasitic twin. The boy is currently doing fine but we will continue to keep him under observation for at least a week.’
The hospital had conducted similar surgery just three months earlier.
Dr Parveen said: ‘It feels good that both surgeries have been successful.’