Child born with 31 fingers and toes
Sat, 7 May 2016|
A boy named Hong Hong was born in January with 15 fingers and 16 toes in China. The rare congenital condition he has is the cause of his 31 fingers and toes along with two palms on each hand. Hong Hong also has two palms on each hand and no thumbs.
His parents are trying to raise enough money so their son can undergo the life-changing operation.
The condition is usually passed down in families, which is the case for Hong Hong. The boy's mother also has polydactylism, with six fingers and toes. Doctors diagnosed Hong Hong with polydactylism, a congenital condition that happens in humans, dogs and cats, giving them extra fingers and toes.
Polydactyly is a pretty common condition, affecting about one in every 1,000 live births, according to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Often, the extra digits are removed surgically.
The surgery could cost as much as 200,000 Chinese yuan (about $30,000) and the couple has turned to the internet for help, and so far they've raised more than 40,000 yuan (more than $6,000) through online donations.