He used to be known as “The Eight-Limbed Boy” – but now, Deepak Paswaan looks like any other boy following dramatic surgery. Deepak, seven, was taunted as a “devil” and “a freak” due to a parasitic twin jutting from his stomach. Born in Bihar, India, Deepak who has a parasitic twin spent his young life carrying around the under-developed legs and arms of what would have been his twin in a normal pregnancy.
The appendage made it look like seven-year-old Deepak had four extra limbs. But in June 2010 top doctors at the Fortis Hospital Bangalore agreed to operate on Deepak’s parasitic twin for free, saving his impoverished family the £50,000 it would have cost otherwise. Deepak beamed: “I can run faster than my two elder brothers – before I could never keep up. I really like my new body. It’s much more fun. I am very happy.”