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This video shows a baby girl that has been born without all four limbs due to a rare genetic disorder which has left doctors and family members baffled, in central India’s Madhya Pradesh.
The visual came out of Sakla village of Sironj Tehsil in Vidisha district on 26 June and, according to reports, the baby was born with an autosomal recessive congenital disorder, called Tetra-Amelia, characterised by the absence of all four limbs.
The video shows a woman holding the baby in her arms, wrapped in a cloth, showing the absence of hands or legs.
Dr Suresh Aggarwal, a paediatrician at Rajiv Gandhi Smriti Hospital, Sironj, suggested that the baby is perfectly healthy.
Tetra-Amelia syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by mutations in the WNT3 gene and is extremely rare.
According to Bhopal CMHO and paediatrician 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 roughly one out of every 71,000 pregnancies.
The lungs are underdeveloped in many cases, making breathing difficult or impossible. The doctors suggest the baby will be taken in for further assessments to check if her internal organs have developed as per norms.
The case follows Nicholas James Vujicic, born in 1982, an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome.
Nick faced tremendous obstacles in life from, living life without limbs, to being bullied at school and fearful for his future with no purpose in sight.
Without hope, his feelings of helplessness and isolation led him to attempt suicide. Nick persevered through life’s challenges and discovered key principles which enabled him to find his purpose and turn obstacles into opportunities – making him one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the world.