Seven-year-old Deepak Kumar Paswaan from Buxar (Eastern India) was born with arms, legs and buttock of a parasitic twin protruding from his chest. In his village some treat him like a god with eight limbs and others think he is the devil.
The twin stopped developing in the womb before it separated fully from Kumar and has left him with seven limbs.
“When he was born the doctors said he wouldn’t live long but here he is and apart from how he looks he is very healthy,” said his dad Veeresh Paswan, of Bihar, eastern India.
“I am tired of being different. I just want to live normally,” added the youngster.
The parasitic twin seems to have grown the same rate as the boy, so the boy has to carry the heavy weight of the twin with him at all times.
Sadly, the boy’s parents earn less than $2 a day and can’t afford the medical care needed for the removal of the twin. And no X-rays have been done yet to know how the twin has affect the boy.
This is not the first case of a parasitic twin in the region.
In 2005 Lakshmi Tatma was born with a twin attached at her hips. Just like Deepak, she was worshipped as an incarnation of the multi-limbed Hindu goddess of wealth.
Parasitic twins occur when the twin embryo does not fully separate in the womb. One twin becomes dominant at the expense of the other and the undeveloped twin becomes a parasite, completely dependent on the body functions of the living twin.
Imagine the sad condition for the boy – he is carrying the extra weight of a twin, facing the fact of being labelled a freak or devil and his parents’ financial inability to get him medical care.
I hope someone steps up and starts a charity to contribute for his operation. I will definitely donate for the cause.
Will keep you posted, if I find a “legitimate” charity for him.