The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Unusual Birth in Kocholia

A premature baby with "omphalocele" was born at Kocholia District hospital in Teso North yesterday. Doctors had to induce the birth at seven months after the mother developed health complications.

Sources said the child was born with legs and hands adjoined to the head and abdominal organs such as intestines and liver were hanging from the outside.

Busia District hospital medical superintendent Janerose Ambuchi said "omphalocele" occurs very early in pregnancy when the abdominal cavity malfunctions.

It is a rare birth defect where the intestines, liver and abdominal organs protrude out of the abdomen and into the base of the umbilical cord.

Ambuchi said the condition is genetic and rare in Kenya. Scientists, say that it occurs in about 2 out of every 10,000 births in the United States and 1 in 4000 births in Africa. It may be diagnosed before birth through ultrasound examination. Many people flocked the hospital see the baby after rumours.

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