( 4UMF NEWS ) Baby Born With 15 Fingers, 16 Toes:
Hong Hong is four months old. At first glance, he may look like any other bouncing bundle of joy — but on closer examination, he’s a little different. Hong Hong was born with 31 fingers and toes.
Shortly after his birth in January in China’s Hunan province, doctors diagnosed him with polydactylism, according to CNN.
Polydactyly is relatively common, affecting around one in 1,000 newborns — but in China, it’s even more common and affects 2 in every 1,000, according to The Independent.
But Hong Hong’s case is severe. He has 15 fingers, 16 toes, four palms and no thumbs.
The condition is hereditary and, there’s a 50% chance that parents with polydactyly will have offspring with multiple digits, too. So, it’s not surprising that Hong Hong’s mother suffers from it as well.
Typically, doctors can remove extra digits, but in Hong Hong’s case that could be challenging both financially and medically.
Because he’s just an infant, Hong Hong is too young for surgery right now. Also, the family told CNN that docs are saying the surgery could be more complicated than most, in part because it would involve reconstructing thumbs.
The family doesn’t have money to spare, so the $30,000 price tag is a stumbling block as well. At first, they decided to try online fundraising, but after receiving mixed comments, they ended the campaign.
Although Hong Hong’s case is severe, it’s not the most extreme docs have seen. Akshat Saxena set a Guinness world record in 2011, when doctors realized he had 34 fingers and toes as an infant, according to CBS News.
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