Chinese Boy born with 3 Arms

Posted on January 25, 2007

Doctors in Shanghai yesterday were considering surgery options for a two-month old boy born with an unusually well-formed third arm.Neither of the boy’s two left arms is fully functional and tests have so far been unable to determine which was more developed, said Chen Bochang, head of the orthopedics department at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.

Chinese Boy born with 3 Arms picture

“His case is quite peculiar. We have no record of any child with such a complete third arm,” Chen said in a telephone interview.

“It’s quite difficult to decide how to do the operation on him,” he said.

The boy, identified only as “Jie-jie,” was also born with just one kidney and may have problems that could lead to curvature of the spine, according to local media reports.

Jie-jie cried when either of his left arms was touched, but smiled and responded normally to other stimuli, the reports said.

Chen said doctors hoped to work out a plan for surgery, but the boy’s small size made it impossible to perform certain tests that would help them prepare.

“We are meeting with several experts now. We hope we could work the plan out soon,” Chen said.

Media reports said other children have been reported born with additional arms and legs, but in all those cases it was clear what limb was more developed.

Chen’s hospital is one of China’s most experienced in dealing with unusual birth defects, including separating conjoined twins. Like Jie-jie, many of the children are sent to relatively wealthy Shanghai from the poor inland province of Anhui.

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Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.
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What a fascinating image this is. I just wonder how dangerous surgery would be. I hope that the young boy is happy and healthy now.

Jeff
Jeff

What a fascinating image this is. I just wonder how dangerous surgery would be. I hope that the young boy is happy and healthy now.