Baby Born With 12 Fingers and Toes

12 Fingers


From The Daily News:

Seven pound Jeshuah Fuller was born yesterday with six fingers on each hand and six toes on both feet. While one in 2,000 babies is born with an extra finger or toe, it's much rarer to have extra digits on each appendage. The trait is much more common among African-Americans.

While Jeshuah is healthy, he will have his extra fingers and toes surgically removed in mid-September. His father, who was born with 6 fingers on his left hand, still has a tiny stump on his left pinkie.

The condition is known as polydactyly and usually an inherited trait.

Famously the family of Foldi, part of the Hyabites tribe living in Arabia, all have 24 digits.

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I guess with feet it would be more difficult to live since humans wear shoes or some sort of covering on their soles almost all the time when they are outside. But 12 working fingers sound like a great idea!
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I was born with 12 toes. I went most of my life hating my feet, until recently. I still don't necessarily like them, which is ashame, because my feet don't look all that bad. The parents are right to amputate them righat away. I didn't get my extra toes amputated until the age of 7, and it turned out to be the worst decision, because it stunted the growth of my baby toes! Also, the scarring left from waiting until I was older was much, much more noticeable, than had my parents just done it when I was a baby. I wish my parents had consider how being born with an extra toe on each foot would effect me and done the surgery when I was a baby instead. The pain and suffering from four foot surgeries total, as opposed to one simple foot surgery as a baby could have been avoided.
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i dont now y ppl amputate their babies fingers they were born lyk dat oh well god wanted them to be born lyk dat i will agree if the finger is infected so jst chop it of.
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If the extras are present and fully functiosnal on all four limbs, why bother remsving them? They may be useful. Surely it should be the child's decision when he is old enough to decide.
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Thanks for the article and commentary. I found this site, as I am searching... my son was born today here in Japan, with 6 toes on one of his feet. I agree the comments here, unless there is a medical reason to remove his extra toe, his mother and I think he's special to have it. As for heredity, neither his mother or I have extra digits, nor do we know anyone in our family that does at this point. Thank you again for the viewpoints/comments.
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