According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, polydactyly is a congenital condition in which a baby is born with extra fingers or toes. In most cases, these additional fingers or toes don’t interfere with a child’s health and are quite normal.
Many cultures regard polydactyly as a sign of great good or great evil. On the right hand, an extra finger means good luck, while an extra finger on the left is considered the sign of bad luck. But, all levities aside, polydactyly is not a divine gift, and is just a condition.
So, when little Hong Hong, yes that’s his name, from Zhonping, China was born with extra fingers and toes, his mom wasn’t really surprised. The condition is genetic, she also had congenital polydactyly. In fact, she underwent many tests and scans to confirm that her unborn baby did not have the same condition. But, the scans did not indicate the presence of any abnormalities. But when Hong Hong was born, his mom’s fears came true.
A little over five years ago, Akshat Saxena, a baby boy from UP, entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the only human with 34 fingers and toes, seven fingers on each hand, and ten toes on both feet. This is quite a feat, pun not intended. Little Akshat’s parents have not opted for any corrective surgery.
Do you know someone who suffers from the same condition? If you have a child who has a similar problem, are you thinking about a corrective surgery?