The woman, named Lalitamma, 23, gave birth to her second child in a normal delivery at a healthcare in Raichur in Karnataka in southern India in early hours of Saturday.
The mother and father Chennabasava, 26, were visibly shocked with the birth of a 'defected' child but were happy to accept him and raise him up the way he was born.
But after speaking to doctors, the parents, who also have a three year old son, agreed to take their newborn to Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences where the baby was placed in neonatal care.
A baby born with four legs was called a gift from heaven by its parents
Lalitamma said: "It is God's gift to us. We had never expected anything wrong could happen to our child. My first son, born three years ago, is healthy. My husband and I were willing to raise the child just the way he was.
"But doctors advised us to take him to an advanced hospital for better treatment. We are poor and have no money for his treatment. I do not know what will happen to my child. I only hope he becomes normal. " But doctors admit the baby's case – Polymelia, is challenging but are looking into the chances of a possible surgery.
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Doctors are looking into possible surgery for the child
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We are poor and have no money for his treatment. I do not know what will happen to my child
Dr Divakar Gaddi, who is handling the baby's case at VIMS, said: "A team of surgeons is looking into the baby's condition. It is a very challenging case for us."
Polymelia is a birth defect in which the individual is born with extra limbs because of a result of an embryo forming as Siamese twins. The weaker of the two then degenerates, except for one or more limbs, which end up attached to the other twin. Most often, the extra limbs are deformed and shrunken.