Indian mum gives birth to a baby without arms and legs

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A 28-year-old Indian woman has given birth to a child with no arms and legs in the Sakla village of Sironj Tehsil in the Vidisha district yesterday.

Reports say the baby was born with an autosomal recessive congenital disorder – Tetra-Amelia – which is characterized by the absence of all four limbs.

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

Doctors suggest the baby will be taken in for further assessments to check if her internal organs have developed properly.

Tetra-Amelia syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by mutations in the WNT3 gene and is extremely rare.

According to Bhopal CMHO and pediatrician Dr. Prabhakar Tiwari, the syndrome affects one in 100,000 newborns. He said this is the first such case of his career.

A 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 around one out of every 71,000 pregnancies.

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