Baby with four legs has two legs removed

19 Jun 2013 07:10
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - A two-month-old baby boy successfully underwent an operation to remove two extra legs on his body.
Andrew Palisimwe was born with four legs, with two of the limbs protruding from his lower abdomen.
The nine-hour operation took place at the Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
In an interview with the media upon arrival at the Central State Hospital on Tuesday evening, Andrew's mother, Ruthy Mutanimiye, said everything went well.
?My son survived a nine-hour operation. I am impressed. He spent one day in the Intensive Care Unit, but he quickly responded to medication,? said a visibly happy Mutanimiye.
The 25-year-old mother thanked the Namibian Government for providing financial assistance to make the operation possible. The assistance came through the Ministry of Health and Social Services? Special Fund.
The fund caters for State patients who do not have access to private medical care.
About 116 State patients have thus far benefited from the fund since its inception in 2010.
The biggest operation thus far cost the fund N.dollars 500 000.
The Health Ministry's Public Relations Officer Ester Paulus was reluctant to reveal how much Andrew?s operation cost, but just encouraged members of the public to make use of the fund through their district hospitals when the need arise.