Boy With 31 Fingers, Toes Has Extra Digits Removed
A 6-year-old boy from China, who was born with 5 extra fingers and 6 extra toes, has undergone an operation to remove his extra digits, the Daily Mail reported. If you do the math – that’s 31 fingers and toes.
The unnamed child suffered from a condition known as polydactyly, in which a person has more than five fingers per hand and five toes per foot. This condition can occur on its own without any other symptoms or underlying disease, according to the National Institutes of Health, or may be inherited.
In this case, the boy appeared to have central polydactyly, where an extra digit of a long or ring finger is concealed in a web between the adjoining normal fingers.
The boy’s mother said he has been ridiculed all his life because of the malformation, but thanks to a six hour surgery at a hospital in Shenyang, China, doctors were able to remove the extra toes and fingers.