Extra body parts in humans aren't as rare as you might think. Doctors call these extra appendages supernumerary body parts, or, polymelia. Here are 10 examples of people with extra body parts.
Deepak Kumar Paswan (nicknamed octo-boy) was born with a parasitic twin attached to his chest. Some people thought that he was a god, while others regarded him as the devil. Eventually, he underwent an operation. It was successful, and he is now living a normal and happy life.
2. Boy with 15 fingers and 16 toes
A Chinese boy was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes. With a total of 31 fingers and toes combined, he broke the previous record of 25. The boy underwent a surgery which lasted for 5 hours to have his extra fingers and toes removed.
4. Extra Fetus
A girl in China was born with an immature fetus attached to her back. When the girl turned 11 years old, the fetus was so developed that you could see it’s arms and legs. Eventually, her parents managed to save some money for surgery and successfully got the fetus removed from their daughter’s back.
6. Girl with 4 arms and 4 legs
A girl named Lakshmi Tatma from India was born with 4 arms and 4 legs. Her parents were laborers and couldn’t afford the expensive surgery to remove the extra limbs. Luckily, thirty doctors from Sparsh Hospital in Banglore did her surgery for free.
7. Extra head
In 2004, a child named Manar was born with an undeveloped twin attached to his head. The extra head could smile and even blink. Only a year later, the extra head was removed, and the child’s mother appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with her surviving child. Unfortunately, Manar died in 2006 due to a brain infection.
8. Baby with two faces
Kangkang was born with an abnormality called transverse facial cleft, which gives him the appearance of having two faces (or wearing a mask). His parents finally managed to save enough money for the expensive treatment at the People Liberation Army’s Military Hospital.
9. ‘Spider Girl’
Ganga and Jamuna Mondal are conjoined twins from West Bengal, India. They are popularly known as ‘Spider Girl’ because they have four arms and three legs, though only two of the legs are working. They have two hearts, two kidneys, one liver, one reproductive organ and they share a stomach. They work at a local circus where they show people how they do everyday tasks.
10. Extra arm
In 2006, a boy was born in Shanghai with a fully developed third arm on his left shoulder. He is the first child to have such kind of an abnormality. A team of doctors were able to remove the extra arm that laid across his chest.