Baby Surprises Mom & Dad at Birth With Extra Arms & Legs

baby handA baby with four arms and four legs was recently born in China. The baby, who also is suffering from pneumonia and congenital heart disease, is said to have had a "parasitic headless twin attached to his torso." In other words, the babies were supposed to be twins, but one never developed properly and became deformed.

The baby boy has thankfully undergone successful surgery and is in stable condition since the extra limbs have been removed. The father of the baby, only identified as Mr. Chen, has admitted to feeling guilty over the fact that he often chose work over taking his wife to many of her prenatal appointments.

But. That said, the mother did have at least five routine exams at local clinics during her pregnancy. And not one -- not a single one -- indicated there was anything wrong.

Of course, most mothers go in for prenatal appointments much, much more often than five times over the course of nine months. But still, it is a little odd and concerning that nothing was discovered at all at any of the mother's appointments, regardless of how little she went. I mean, this isn't a minor deformity we're talking about here; this is a child with an extra set of both arms and legs.

As unsettling a fact as this is, anyone who's ever given birth knows: Nothing is 100 percent until you deliver, and you really can't know for certain what health problems and issues your child will have until after he or she is born. This is obviously an extremely rare case, but it's a low-grade fear almost every mother has during their pregnancy: Is my baby going to be okay? Even if you've been as healthy as possible, had your nuchal translucency, gone in for any and all sonograms, nothing is 100% certain until we meet our baby. There, of course, are genetic tests available now (if insurance covers them, and if you want to go that route). But beyond that, beneath the excitement and joy, there's often a teeny-tiny nagging voice that hopes and prays that everything with our baby is okay. We've all heard (and read) of the parents who were shocked to learn of a health issue with their baby after a pregnancy that showed everything to be completely fine.

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We can be as diligent as possible during our pregnancies, but the truth is, some things aren't preventable, and some things don't show up on ultrasounds or tests. We, as parents, need to go into having children with an open heart and mind, and hope that everything is going to be okay (and it probably will be!). And think of it this way: That small, nagging voice in the back of our heads may not be a great feeling, but in a weird way, it's preparing us for anything.

Can you believe this? Did you ever miss a prenatal appointment when you were pregnant?


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nonmember avatar me

They probably could have found this in an ultrasound (did mom have one?) But why during a normal checkup would they have any way to find this abnormality?

gabe05 gabe05

I went to all my appointments but had no ultrasounds (except past due date check on my youngest). This could easily have been me. I would have left the wee one finish "cooking" undisturbed anyway and dealt with whatever after delivery anyway, so this doesn't sound that horrifying to me. I imagined all sorts of horrors when in labor with my first!

Lana Jefferys

This was in CHINA.  I doubt they do ultrasounds on pregnant women at the drop of a hat there like they do here.  and I doubt anything short of an ultrasound would have caught this.  And even if they had , what exactly do you think they could have done about it?

Bea Prado

It's disgusting how you say "surprised" like it's something good. Grow a fucking heart!

Ashley Cooper

Bea Prado, the word "Surprised" doesn't necessarily mean good, it just means unexpected. Nothing in the tone of this article suggests the writer finds the situation amusing or positive.

nonmember avatar me

In China! Where they have strict one child policies and thus ultrasounds that reveal the gender are ptohibited. So im guessing they dont do very many routine ultrasounds to prevent gender selection. If it was a poorer family im thinking its very reasonable they didnt have any.

I didnt miss any appointments but with my third I didnt go until I was just over 16 weeks. I was fighting with my insurance company until then. But honestly, I think theres too many of them. You can afford to miss a one or two if you are having a problem free pregnancy. My goodness, I was there all the time

nonmember avatar estrella gutier

I can say from personal experience. .I went to all my dr apt..and had extra ultrasounds because of a car accident and they where concerned about his kidney. .but no one ever noticed that my son had an extra toe..until he was born and the nurse was bathing him...

nonmember avatar Jamie

It wasn't discovered until after my baby was born that he only had half a heart. He is doing ok now after surgery, but doctors really need to do more thorough ultrasounds so mothers can be prepared for major problems.

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