A ‘miracle’ baby has sparked disbelief across India after being born with four arms and four legs.
The child, who has been hailed as a “miracle of nature” and compared to a reincarnation of God, was delivered over the weekend in Hardoi, in the north of the country.
Photos and videos show the baby with what appears to be an extra pair of arms and legs on her stomach in what is likely a case of polymelia, a birth defect that results in more than the usual number of limbs.
The unidentified child, who weighed 6.5 pounds at birth, was delivered at the Shahabad Community Health Center in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous region.
Mother Kareena, who did not reveal her last name, was hospitalized after going into labor on Saturday and gave birth soon after.
Both mother and child should be healthy and well.
Reports from local media say that people have flocked to see the child after news of the birth spread across the area, with the tot being hailed as a “wonder of nature”.
Others have suggested that the child may be a reincarnation of Lakshmi, the multi-limbed Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, power, beauty, fertility and prosperity.
It’s not the first time an Indian baby has wowed the crowds.
Earlier this year, another child born with four arms and legs was idolized by locals who believed the child was an incarnation of God.
The newborn’s mother was inundated with visitors after the birth on Tuesday January 17 at Sadar Hospital in East India.
https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/india/baby-born-four-extra-limbs-india-b2115832.html Polymelia: Indian baby who was born with four arms and four legs was celebrated as the “reincarnation” of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi