A baby girl is being observed at Mzimba District Hospital in northern Malawi after it was born with its intestines outside the body at Nkoma Health Centre in the district.
The incident has left health authorities baffled and without concrete explanations as to what could have caused the development.
Reports indicate that the baby is not feeling well and the exposed intestines have started rotting.
According to information sourced on the internet, the birth defect is called Gastroschisis.
The condition causes the baby’s intestines stick outside of the baby’s body, through a hole beside the belly button.
The hole can be small or large and sometimes other organs, such as the stomach and liver, can also stick outside of the baby’s body usually to the right side of belly button.
The information indicates that Gastroschisis affects one child in 10 thousand babies worldwide.
Surgery is required soon after the baby is born to place the abdominal organs inside the baby’s body and repair the abdominal wall.