What do you do when a child is born with ischiopagus?
Sell her to the circus?
Turn her into an object of religious veneration?
Try surgery to correct the condition as much as possible?
This little girl born with six legs and two arms had the option of all three; she’s currently being operated on to remove four of the limbs. I don’t think it is an easy decision, except for the fact that her condition is messed up enough that she’s not likely to survive to adulthood without the surgery. On the complicating side, the operation costs Â£100,000, has substantial risk of death or paralysis, and will not restore full, normal morphology. Here’s a paper describing the long term outcome of another case of a separation of conjoined twins.
Because we can’t rewind the clock, developmental abnormalities often are not correctable—they are treatable, which is a whole different thing, but the doctors can’t change the fact that this child is the result of a scrambled developmental process.
I stand corrected. The two medial posterior limbs are arms, so this is a conjoined twin with four arms and four legs, and with the second twin headless.