Baby girl born with no arms or legs due to rare genetic disorder

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Baby girl born with no arms or legs due to rare genetic disorder

A baby girl has been born without any legs or arms due to a rare genetic disorder which affects just 1 in every 100,000 newborns.

The girl, who has not been named, was born with an autosomal recessive congenital disorder, called Tetra-Amelia, which results in the absence of all four limbs.

Footage of the baby has emerged showing her condition.

A woman can be seen holding the baby, who is wrapped in a cloth, in her arms.

The footage was taken in the Sakla village of Sironj Tehsil in Vidisha district, India, on June 26.

Dr Suresh Aggarwal, a paediatrician at Rajiv Gandhi Smriti Hospital, Sironj, said the infant is perfectly healthy despite her condition.

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 and 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.

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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.

Author of several books and travelling over 44 countries, Vujicic advocates positivity and motivation even after being born without all four limbs.

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