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Girl with Tetra-amelia syndrome doctor plans to give bionic arm

November 30, 2011
Tetra-amelia syndrome is an extremely rare genetic disorder that prevents growth of limbs. Yovana Yumbo Ruiz looks like one determined kid.

Tetra-amelia syndrome, also called Autosomal recessive tetraamelia, is a very rare autosomal recessive congenital disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Other areas of the body are also affected by malformations, such as the face, skull, reproductive organs, anus and pelvis. The disorder is caused by mutations in the WNT3 gene.

A medical worker exercises with Yovana Yumbo Ruiz, 8, diagnosed with the Tetra-amelia syndrome, during a rehabilitation session at the clinic La Luz in Lima, Nov. 29, 2011.

Yovana Yumbo Ruiz lies on the floor during a rehabilitation session at the clinic La Luz in Lima

Dr. Luis Rubio, the head of Yovana Yumbo Ruiz’s medical case, is rehabilitating her with the hope of putting a bionic arm on her in the future.

Yovana Yumbo Ruiz draws on the floor during a rehabilitation session

Dr Luis Rubio holds Yovana Yumbo Ruiz

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