|Arun could finally get treatment (Picture: Barcroft)|
A man born with two extra legs could finally get them amputated after appealing to doctors on social media. Arun Kumar, a 22-year-old from Uttar Pradesh in north India, has legs growing out of his lower back. One is underdeveloped, and the other is permanently bent at the knee.
Although he has lived with the condition for years without any kind of treatment, Arun finally decided to seek help online. A team of specialists at Fortis Hospital in Delhi responded to Arun’s plea, anad organised a series of tests to find out whether he can be treated.
‘If I can get an operation and doctors take off my two extra legs, then I can also live a normal life,’ Arun said. ‘I may be able to move and walk properly like others. ‘When I go back to hospital I will meet doctors. If they are willing to do an operation, then I am ready.’
When he was born, his parents spent five years taking him to hospitals all over the country, but weren’t able to find any doctor willing to perform surgery on such a small child.
Eventually they had to return to their home village and learn to live with their son’s condition. Arun can’t move the two extra legs, but he does have feeling in them. On top of this, constantly carrying the weight on his back is also damaging his posture and is making it increasingly difficult to walk.
Fortunately he is now being examined by orthopaedic surgeon Dr Hemant Sharma.
Dr Sharma discovered that Arun also had a second pelvis, and has now arranged for him to have MRI and CT scans, x-rays and echocardiograms, to find out just how the legs are connected and how they are affecting his body.