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8 Limbed Baby

An Iraqi baby with a rare condition which saw him born with eight limbs has successfully undergone surgery to remove his extra arms and legs.

The surgery on seven-month-old Karam is being hailed as a world first.

"He was brought to us when he was just two weeks old and his condition was quite unique.

Most of the surgeries we performed had not been attempted before," senior orthopaedic consultant Gaurav Rathore told media. Karam's father, Dr Sarmad Ahmed Nadar, flew him to India's Jaypee Hospital for the surgery.

It took three stages - first, the two limbs sticking out of his stomach were removed, then he had to have a cardiac complication fixed.

In the third stage the final two limbs were removed.

"He is my only child and the first-born is always special.

There were a lot of risks but I never lost hope," Dr Ahmed said.

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