An Indian boy mocked by classmates for having eight limbs has shown off his post-surgery body after a massive operation removed the parasitic twin growing from his chest.
Deepak, a seven-year-old boy from the Indian state of Bihar, was born with an extremely rare abnormality that saw a semi-formed body, complete with arms and legs, jutting out from his chest, the Daily Mail reports.
His unusual appearance led him to being bullied at school, where some children called him a freak and a devil.
Deepak’s mother Indu, 32, told The Sun newspaper: “I thought God gave us him because we sinned a lot in past lives.”
However, many other Hindus view the seven-year-old as a god. Some consider Deepak an incarnation of the god Vishnu, who is often depicted with more than four limbs, and would make pilgrimages to his home.
Despite the adulation, Deepak just wanted to live a normal life.
Because of his family’s poverty this was not an option until surgeons from a leading Bangalore hospital offered to perform the complicated procedure for free.
A four-hour operation valued at around $82,000 followed and was completed successfully in May.
Deepak said: “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.”