Malformed baby worshipped as Hindu god

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An infant with four arms and four legs is being worshipped as a god in a remote Nepalese village.

Since being born in January, thousands of people have flocked to the secluded town 2,000 meters up in the Himalayas to worship the baby, revering him as the reincarnation of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god.

Six-month-old Risab, who has a headless “parasitic twin” attached to his abdomen, is similar to Ganesh, whose common forms have several arms.

A local teacher says the reason that the child has drawn so much attention is because there is little understanding of such medical conditions in rural Nepal and “villagers cannot understand it”.

Conjoined twins occur in about one in every 200,000 births, and their survival rate is usually around 25%.

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