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Baby born without arms and legs in India leaves doctors puzzled

A baby girl in India was born without arms and legs due to a rare genetic disorder has left doctors and family baffled. A video which was taken in central India, Madhya Pradesh on June 26 shows a woman holding the baby in her arms, wrapped in a cloth showed the absence of hands or legs.

Local media reported that the baby was born with an autosomal recessive congenital disorder, called Tetra-Amelia or one without all the limbs of the body.

Dr. Suresh Aggarwal, a paediatrician at Rajiv Gandhi Smriti Hospital, Sironj, said that the baby is perfectly healthy.

                        Photo Credit: SWNS

Tetra-Amelia syndrome is a very rare genetic disorder caused by mutations in the WNT3 gene. It suggest that this syndrome could affects one in every 100,000 newborns, according to Dr. Prabhakar Tiwani, Bhopal CMHO and pediatrician.

According to the 2011 study by Dr Eva Bermejo-Sanchez of the Research Centre on Congenital Anomalies (CIAC) at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Spain shows that the disorder occurs in roughly one out of every 71,000 pregnancies.

In most cases, the lungs are underdeveloped which makes the breathing difficult. Doctors said that the baby need to undergo a further assessments to check if the internal organs have developed normally.

One of the example of tetra-amelia syndrome is the Australian Christian evangelist Nicholas James Vujicic.

He was born in 1982 with two small deformed feet.

Nick faced terrible challenges in life, to being bullied at school  and fearful for his future.

From his experience he was able to gain respect from the people as the best speaker in the world. Nick, a husband with four children is now an inspiration to the world, 'to know that we all can rise above adversity and overcome ever disability of the heart and mind!'. 

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