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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Successful Surgery of Boy born with 16 toes and 15 fingers

A six year old boy in China is said to have been born with 15 fingers and 16 toes. Li as he is fondly called has suffered from bullying and ridicule by his peers due to his extra fingers and toes and was even called a monster. As such has not lived a normal life, his mother said.
According to expert the abnormality is caused by a genetic mutation. It is usually called polydactylism (from Ancient Greek, polus "many"), also known as hyperdactyly, is a congenital physical anomaly in humans having supernumerary fingers or toes. This condition can occur on its own without any other symptoms or underlying disease, according to the National Institutes of Health, or may be inherited.

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Doctors at a hospital in Shenyang Liaoning province in China successfully operated on the toes and fingers of a boy born with 15 fingers and 16 toes after a battle for over six and a half hours.

Boy with 15 fingers

Li's hands Before and After the surgery

Li's toes before and after the surgery

He has the world record for the number of digits ever recorded on a human being. The current official record holders were two Indian children, Pranamya Menaria and Devendra Harne, who both have 12 fingers and 13 toes.

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