Locals Worship Baby Born With Eight Limbs As A God

Jan 21, 2022 by apost team

A community in eastern India is worshipping a baby as a god after the child was born this January with four arms and four legs, according to the Daily Star. 

Video footage of the child, whose gender has yet to be announced, was uploaded to YouTube. In the clip, community members can be seen surrounding the child at Sadar Hospital’s maternity and neonatal unit. 

The Daily Star further reports that despite the local residents’ religious beliefs, doctors say that the child’s extra limbs are due to a pregnancy complication. 

Similar stories — in which a baby with birth defects is hailed as a god — are not uncommon in India. Writing for the India Times in 2015, Kunal Anand listed several instances in which local residents worshipped babies with birth defects.

In one Uttar Pradesh village, hundreds flocked to touch the feet of a baby who had a dark face and pale body, as believers thought the baby was a human incarnation of Maa Kali, a Hindu goddess.

Lakshmi Tatma, a girl born with eight limbs, was received similarly in her community.

According to the Daily Mail, Lakshmi was worshipped as a deity from birth, as locals thought she was a reincarnation of the Hindu goddess of wealth and fertility. Lakshmi was born with eight limbs because a “headless parisitic twin” was attached to her. The birth defect meant that she couldn’t walk, and doctors thought that she would die before adulthood.

Luckily, a 27-hour operation in 201 allowed Lakshmi to walk — not to mention likely saving her life.

Be sure to reach the end of this article to see the full video 

With that said, Lakshmi will continue to face health problems and will need more operations in the future.

“Lakshmi has come such a long, long way, but we're very scared for the future,' Lakshmi’s mother Poonam told the Daily Mail.

“At one time we never imagined she would look so healthy, so we are very grateful for all the help we've had. But we can't bear the thought that all this help could be undone if we can't find a way to get the extra operations she needs,” she added.

One of the main problems that Poonam and her daughter face isn’t medical — it’s financial.

“The charity that looks after her cares for 500 other children as well. It does not have the funds to pay for these operations and we have no money either. The hospital that operated on her before has promised to help but they cannot correct her spine because it is such a specialised operation,” Poonam told the Mail.

“All we want is for her to be a normal child. She has had her operation but even now she can't walk or move normally. Her feet don't come together properly and when she walks it hurts.”

Today, Lakshmi is 16 years old, though there haven’t been any significant updates in English-speaking media for the past few years. One of the most recent updates on her health comes from the 2010 documentary “Bodyshock: The Girl With Eight Limbs.”

As for the baby in the below video, it remains to be seen whether the infant will face health complications. 

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