Baby born with 8 limbs recovering well after surgery

Young Paul Mukisa from Uganda is recovering well after undergoing surgery to remove his parasitic twin.

His mother, 28-year-old Margaret Awino, received the shock of her life when she gave birth to him back in May, reported CNN. 

Unlike her other four children, her latest child was born with four arms and four legs.

After a battery of tests, doctors at the  Mulago Hospital in the Ugandan capital of Kampala diagnosed him with a  condition called "parasitic twinning".

This meant that Paul was born with a conjoined twin who was not fully developed.

It wasn't only that Paul was born with extra limbs, his heart was growing on the right side of his body instead of the left, and his liver was on the left instead of the right. 

Paul was allowed to grow for three months before he was sent back to hospital on Aug 18, where he underwent an operation to remove his extra arms and legs.

It was a successful three-hour surgery that had no major post-operative complications, surgeons told CNN.

Little Paul is now progressing well after the surgery. In fact, he is even breast feeding. 

Young Paul recovering after surgery. Photo: YouTube/Jerry Maguire

He will remain in hospital for another two weeks after which he is expected to lead a normal life.

Ms Awino told Ugandan newspaper the Daily Monitor: “I still can’t believe that my child is normal. I didn’t know what to do with him but I am very happy he was operated for free.”

Source: CNN, YouTube, Daily Monitor