I have an old post in Funky Downtown about an Indian man who has an extra body on his stomach. I don’t know whether that photos are genuine but here’s another similar case.

A 7-year-old boy Deepak Kumar Paswaan, who lives in Buxar, Bihar, India, was born with extra arms, legs and buttocks of a parasitic twin protruding from his chest, which looks similar to the Indian man’s extra body.

This case is similar to how conjoined twins are formed, except there is a malformation of one of those twins. As a result, the twin never fully develops and has caused the boy to live with extra arms and legs. The worst part is, the legs are growing at the same rate as the boy, adding to the weight the boy must carry.

As “usual,” he was worshipped as an incarnation of Lakshmi, the multi-limbed Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity but there are also people who cast stones to him to drive out the “demon” in his body.

His parents are trying to find doctors to remove the parasite but they cannot afford the medical care necessary because they are earning less than $2 a day. How to survive with $2 a day for a family? Can’t imagine that…

Hope the extra limbs can be removed from the poor boy’s body very soon so that he can look normal and start his new life without “burden.”

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