- A baby in China, born with 15 fingers and 16 toes, is set to undergo a series of corrective surgeries
- The eight-month-old boy born in a village of Zhongping in China’s southern Hunan province has an astonishing 31 digits
- Medical experts said that operations are extremely needed as the extra digits could affect his ability to walk properly in the future
HUNAN, China – A baby in China, who was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes, is set to undergo a series of corrective surgeries in order to remove the extra digits.
An article by Sophie Williams for Mail Online said that the eight-month-old boy born in a village of Zhongping in China’s southern Hunan province has an astonishing 31 digits; however, he has no thumbs on either palm.
The boy’s mother has one extra finger on each hand, which may explain how he inherited the condition which is medically known as polydactyly.
Polydactyly, or having more than 5 fingers in a limb, occurs in an estimated one in every 1,000 births. However, the boy’s case is a seriously rare case.
Medical experts who examined the baby boy said that operations are extremely needed as the extra digits could affect his ability to walk properly in the future.
The parents, who are both migrant workers, don’t have the capacity to shoulder the surgical treatment. Fortunately, the No 6 hospital of Ningbo City offered to reduce the family’s medical costs, which is originally estimated to be around £58,000.
A Mirror Co UK story said that Doctor Xu Jihai, one of the surgeons, explained that the surgeries, which will be divided into three places, involves 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 the critical vein. As the patient is so young, the doctor finds the surgeries very challenging, and added that an extensive post-op recovery regime is needed.
Local media said that the first phase of the infant’s treatment has already been completed; with medics performing surgery on his feet.
If all will be well, the doctors believe that all three stages should be finished before the boy starts school. Fortunately, the hospital has promised follow-up treatments for him for the next 16 years as he grows up.