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Mrunal Manmay Dash

In a rare surgery, the doctors at SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar successfully operated and severed a ‘tail bone’ protruding out of the back of a two-month-old infant.

The team of doctors who performed the surgery included the Dean of SUM Hospital and former Director of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Dr Ashok Mohapatra and Dr. Ramachandra Deo.

As per reports, a tail-like growth was found on the back of the infant after who was born at Charichak in Kakatpur last November. Panicked, the parents brought him to the SUM hospital, where after all the tests, the doctors operated on him on November 25, 2021.

Addressing a press conference, Mohapatra said, “This is one of a kind in the world. This is unique because, the tail was not at the bottom of the spinal cord, where the tail bone is. The unnatural growth was seen at the thoracic spine, at the back.”

“This is world’s first successful surgery of a tail bone growing at the top back portion of a human being,” he added.

Sources said there are a total of 195 cases of tail bone growth all over the world. But tail growing out of the back of a person is actually first time anyone heard of.

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