When a little boy named Deepak Paswaan was born in Bihar, India, his mother faced a terribly complicated pregnancy. She thought she was having normal twins, but instead, one twin was too underdeveloped to make it through the pregnancy.
The surviving twin, Deepak, was born having to bear the burden, both literally and figuratively, of his parasitic twin.
Extra legs and arms protruded from Deepak’s stomach. For the first seven years of his life, Deepak carried his would-be twin and looked like he had four extra limbs! As a result, he was taunted and called horrible names like “devil” and “freak.”
He was even known in his community as “The Eight-Limbed Boy.”
Deepak’s heartbroken family was far too poor to get him the surgery he needed to be free of his “twin” once and for all. But in June 2010, doctors at the Fortis Hospital Bangalore agreed to operate on Deepak’s parasitic twin at no cost.
Following his surgery, this brave little boy looks every bit the “normal” kid.
“I can run faster than my two elder brothers — before I could never keep up,” he says. “I really like my new body. It’s much more fun. I am very happy.” What an incredible transformation!