Family of Chinese baby born with 31 fingers and toes seeks help for surgery

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A baby in China was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes, to the shock of his parents. They live in the rural Hunan province, and are unlikely to be able to scrape together the funds for surgery.

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 incredibly difficult, People's Daily reports.

The surgery could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and local papers are calling for donations for the family.

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Honghong's condition came to his parents' shock because his mother has polydactyly too, 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.

Honghong's mother's condition is not as severe as her son's — she has 12 fingers and 12 toes.

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Honghong's mother's hand.

Image: Zhou min/Imaginechina

Polydactyly is not considered a rare genetic disorder, and affects a reported two in 1,000 kids, according to medical journals.

In 2010, another boy in China also had 31 toes and fingers, and went under the knife successfully when he was 6 years old.

The unnamed boy from Shenyang, China, had problems using his hands because three of his fingers on each hand were fused together. He had also reportedly suffered ridicule in school, being called a "monster" by peers.

At the time, the boy had beat the then-world record of 25 digits, held by two Indian children who had 12 fingers and 13 toes each.

As of 2014, the person holding the Guinness world record for polydactyly was Devendra Suthar from Gujarat, India, with 14 fingers and 14 toes.

The carpenter said his condition doesn't prevent him from working effectively with his hands, although he has to be more careful when he's cutting.

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