- Polydactylism is a rare disease that results to excess fingers and toes
- A baby in China was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes
- Baby Hong Hong needs to undergo surgery between 6 months to 1 year
Many babies are born with an excess one finger, but for this Chinese baby boy, the excess fingers he has are way more than what can be tolerated by any normal person.
This baby boy born in China has unbelievably 15 fingers and 16 toes. Combining the number of excesses for both his hands and feet can make up another set of healthy hands.
According to the doctors, the baby has polydactylism, a congenital condition characterized by a skeletal defect, which results to having more fingers and toes than normal. This condition does not only exist in humans, but even in animals such as cats and dogs.
Doctors further explained that polydactylism happens while the fetus is still in the mother’s womb. The defect happens at the time that the fingers and toes are being formed.
While these are forming, something happens, call it an error, which results to the splitting of the skeletons of either the toes or fingers.
Hong Hong, the boy with 31 fingers and toes combined, would have to undergo surgery to make the proper correction on his skeletal system.
Doctors said however that such type of surgery is “extremely difficult.” The doctors would need to remove the extra fingers and toes and subsequently do a thumb reconstruction on the baby.
Thumb reconstruction is essential so that the baby will be able to grasp objects properly without difficulty. Without this step, he wouldn’t be able to properly utilize his thumb and get it functioning optimally.
The surgery would have to be done between 6 months to 1 year. After this, it will be very difficult because the bones would have already set.
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The cost is certainly huge as, according to the father, it will be somewhere at around 200,000 Chinese Yuan, or $30,000 more or less. Now the father is seeking help for his baby’s surgery. – SD, Kami Media