By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Arun Kumar, 22, was born with two extra legs growing from his lower back - one underdeveloped and the other permanently bent at the knee.
After living for 15 years without any kind of treatment, Arun, from Uttar Pradesh, India, appealed through social media for medical help to remove his extra legs.
A team of specialists at Fortis Hospital in Delhi responded to Arun’s plea for help and organised a series of tests to find out how the legs are attached and if he can be treated.
Arun said: “If I get an operation and doctors take off my two extra legs, then I can also live a normal life.
“I may be able to move and walk properly like others.
“When I go back to hospital, I will meet doctors. If they are willing to do an operation, then I’m ready."
Despite not being able to move his extra legs, Arun does have feeling in them and carrying the weight on his back is damaging his posture and ability to walk.
When Arun was born his parents took him to hospitals and sought treatment in cities across India.
Arun’s mother Kokila Devi said: “During childbirth he got stuck and didn’t come out without pain. And when he came out, all his limbs were the same size.
“When my father-in-law saw Arun he took his bullock cart and took me to Farrukhabad.”
The doctors at Farrukhabad deemed Arun’s extra legs too risky to operate on - especially on such a young baby - and the family were sent home.
Despite Arun’s parents travelling all over the country for five years to get the help their first son needed, the family were forced to return to their village and learn to live with Arun’s condition.
Arun’s father Ram Singh, said: “We went to Fatehgarh, then Delhi, also Jalandhar. The doctors said an operation couldn’t be performed.
“Then we got disheartened and came back to our village and everyone here said, it’s okay just live like this.”
After a successful social media appeal, Arun was contacted by specialists at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Delhi for an assessment, and a series of scans and medical tests to see if he can have surgery.
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Hermant Sharma, who examined Arun, discovered he also has a second pelvis, and arranged a series of tests, including MRI and CT scans, x-rays and echocardiograms, to find out how the extra legs are connected and how they are affecting his body.
He said: “Since he has four legs we will be keen to know where is the blood supply coming from, and where is it going into his legs, and also we need to find out has he got extra kidneys, extra urethras, extra bladder?"
A new series follows Arun as he journeys to Delhi for treatment and finds out whether he can undergo the surgery which will transform his life.
His story appears in a new series of Body Bizarre this Thursday, November 3rd, 10pm, on TLC.