Baby boy born with 15 fingers and 16 toes


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By: Tanya Malhotra

Parents in China, are trying to raise money to help give their child a better chance in life after being born with a total of 31 fingers and toes.

The baby boy was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes and is in urgent need of surgery, but his parents do not have the funds to pay for it.

The surgery could cost more than $15,000.

The baby, who was nicknamed HongHong, suffers from an extreme case of polydactyly, which affects about two of every 1,000 children. Astonishingly, the boy has two palms on his hands but no thumbs.

The baby’s mother, who works at a factory in Shenzhen, also suffers from polydactyly, but not as serious. She has 12 fingers and 12 toes.

The baby’s father, Zou Chenglin, said that his wife has an extra finger and toe on each of her hands and feet, so they were worried that their son would inherit the condition.

They went to three major hospitals in Shenzhen for ultrasounds. However, doctors assured the parents that they did not find any birth defects in the boy.

“Therefore, we’re surprised when HongHong was born with seven fingers on his right hand, eight fingers on his left hand and eight fingers on each of his feet,” Chenglin said.