Family of Chinese baby born with 15 fingers and 16 toes are seeking help for surgery. The couple live in the rural Hunan province and can barely afford to gather fund for the surgery.
According to People’s Daily, local doctors are also saying the baby, named Honghong, has an extreme case of polydactyly, and that surgery – even if they could afford it would be difficult. The surgery could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Honghong’s condition came to his parents’ shock because his mother has polydactyly too, (she has 12 fingers and 12 toes) and therefore had gone for numerous pre-natal scans.
The scans, reportedly done in hospitals in Shenzhen, China, which included an advanced four-dimensional ultrasound, all turned out negative, as doctors reassured her the baby would have the regular number of fingers and toes.
Polydactyly is not considered a rare genetic disorder, and affects a reported 1 in 1,000 kids according to medical journals.
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