This baby was born with this tail deformity. Before you start invoking the name of Amadioha to strike some imaginary enemy neighbours or accuse the mother for sleeping with a long-tailed dog.
This is a congenital malformation.
It is a neural tube defect where the spinal chord did not develop properly. It's normal during fetal development, every baby in the womb has a tail but as the spine develops it gradually disappears forming the tail bone or coccyx.
It's called spinal bifida which is the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its covering. It's caused by the lack of folate (folic acid deficiency) in the mums diet during pregnancy.
Pregnant women are advice to be taking routine drugs during maternity section as to boost their immune system. Prevention is by making sure you take your prenatal vitamins 3-months before conception and continue after conception.
It can be successfully operated on, without any complications.
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