When Karam’s parents got the first look at their infant son, they admit that they were ‘horrified.’
Their first child was born with an extremely rare condition known as polymelia.
Babies with polymelia are born with the extra limbs of a conjoined twin that did not fully form. Rather than growing a separate body the other baby was absorbed into Karam’s body resulting in polymelia.
Senior orthopaedic consultant at Jaypee Hospital in Delhi, India oversaw the care of young Karam from the moment the concerned parents presented their baby.
‘When Karam was brought to Jaypee Hospital for the first time, he was just two weeks old and his condition was very critical,” he told Daily Mail.
There are only two known cases worldwide of infants born with this condition.
Since the limbs were growing out of the baby’s stomach and his condition resulted in some heart problems, doctors decided to approach his surgery in three stages.
‘One leg of the baby was shorter than the usual size and the other one was divided into two parts looking like two separate limbs.
‘In addition, two limbs – one like a leg and the other one like a hand were protruding out of the stomach. The baby’s normal leg was also slightly crooked.’