An 11-month-old child, dubbed Yang Yang by local media, who was born with the 15cm long fleshy growth and 6 inch tail due to a birth defect, has finally had it removed.
Though they resisted having surgery to remove the tail at first, the baby’s family who nicknamed him ‘little monkey’, has finally let the baby have the operation this month.
According to People’s China Daily, Yang Yang developed the tail in the womb as a result of a neural tube deformity. During the first month of life, an embryo grows a structure called the neural tube that will eventually form the spine and nervous system.
It is thought something went wrong with this process and Yang Yang’s spine didn’t develop properly. He had holes in the vertebrae in his back, and the membranes that protect the spinal cord poked through one of them, creating what is known as a menigocele, a fleshy growth that looks like a ‘tail’.
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