Baby born with 15 fin­gers, 16 toes to un­dergo surgery

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A BABY is set to un­dergo a num­ber of cor­rec­tive surg­eries af­ter he was born with 15 fin­gers and 16 toes.

The eight-month-old boy has an as­ton­ish­ing 31 dig­its — but no thumbs on ei­ther palm .

He was born to mi­grant work­ers in the the vil­lage of Zhong­ping in China’s south­ern Hu­nan prov­ince.

His mother has one ex­tra fin­ger on each hand, which may ex­plain how he in­her­ited the con­di­tion, known as poly­dactyly.

Poly­dactyly oc­curs in an es­ti­mated one in ev­ery 1 000 births — but se­ri­ous cases like this are rare.

Un­like his mother, the boy’s case is much more ur­gent be­cause the ex­tra dig­its could af­fect his abil­ity to walk prop­erly in the fu­ture.

Af­ter learn­ing about the boy’s ex­tra dig­its the No 6 hos­pi­tal of Ningbo City of­fered to re­duce the fam­ily’s med­i­cal costs — es­ti­mated to be around £58 000 — and per­form the surgery in three stages.

Doc­tor Xu Ji­hai said the op­er­a­tions will in­volve cut­ting off the boy’s ex­tra fin­gers and toes and even­tu­ally re­shap­ing his re­main­ing dig­its.

The high-risk surg­eries will fo­cus on his bones, joints, skin, nails as well as crit­i­cal veins, mak­ing them not only chal­leng­ing, but also re­quir­ing an ex­ten­sive post-op re­cov­ery regime.

The first phase of the in­fant’s treat­ment has al­ready been com­pleted, re­ports said, with medics per­form­ing surgery on his feet.

If all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, all three stages should be fin­ished be­fore the boy starts school.

The hos­pi­tal has promised fol­low-up treat­ments for him for the next 16 years as he grows up. — Reuters

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