Warning: This article contains content that some readers may consider distressing and shocking.
An Indian mom has given birth to a girl with four legs and three hands.
Raji Gurjar, 24, naturally delivered twins, a boy, and a girl, in a state hospital in Rajasthan, northern India. While the baby boy was healthy, the girl was born with an extra set of legs and an additional hand.
Doctors believe the girl was initially part of set triplets, two of which became conjoined during pregnancy.
According to doctors, the additional hand and legs attached to the girl's abdomen and her extra ribs can be surgically removed.
Dr. Rohitesh Meena, the surgeon who delivered the babies, said:
"Raju gave birth naturally to the twins at around 2:46 am."
"The male child is normal. The female is a case of conjoined twins. She had minor breathing issues. We put her on oxygen support, and her vitals are stable now."
"We will refer her to an advanced hospital in Jaipur for further treatment and pediatric surgery. The mother and the male child are stable."
Gurjar and her husband, Badhulal, had not attended any ultrasound or any other medical check-up during her pregnancy. So, when one of their babies was born with an extra set of legs and another hand, it was a distressing occurrence for the new parents.
Dr. Meena said:
"They had not gone for an ultrasound. They were distressed after the birth of the baby girl."
Though the girl had some minor breathing issues after birth, she was put on oxygen support. According to Dr. Meena, she's now stable.
We all know conjoined twins are possible, but fully conjoined triplets are among the rarest pregnancy conditions in human history.
According to Oddities Bizarre, there has never been a confirmed "live birth" of human conjoined triplets (all the three babes conjoined).
In Samsun, Turkey, in 1955, there was a case where triplets had three heads, two pairs of arms, and two pairs of legs. This unbelievable story had appeared in 'Sexology Magazine.'
Sadly, these babies only lived for two hours. After analysis, the autopsy found three livers, four lungs, three brains, two hearts, and two kidneys.
In another case featured in 'Gould & Pyle's Curiosities of Medicine,' three unidentified boys were born in Sicily, Italy, in 1834. The triplets were born with a single torso, two hearts, two stomachs, two lungs, and three heads.
Although the odds of having triplets remain unclear, it has been estimated that it can happen in a range between one in 60,000 to one in 200 million pregnancies, according to Oddities Bizarre.
So, one thing is clear, having conjoined triplets is a "very rare occurrence."
One of the recent, closely related cases of conjoined triplets (one baby separate while two conjoined) happened in 2015 when a Texas mom gave birth to identical triplet girls.
Having identical triplets is an unusual occurrence. What's more surprising is that the two of the girls were joined at the pelvis. The conjoined babies had separate legs and bladders, but some parts of their abdominal walls and intestines were attached.