Parents of baby born with 16 toes and 15 fingers share their story and a plea for help

All parents want what is best for their babies and will go to great lengths to ensure their children enjoy a healthy, happy and normal upbringing. This is exactly why a family in China are pleading with the public to help give their newborn son, who was born with 31 fingers and toes, the normal life he deserves.

At three months old, Honghong is, in many ways, a typical baby. Except for one thing – a condition, known as polydactylism, which could prevent this little man from living a normal life.

That is because Honghong was born with 15 fingers, 16 toes, two palms and no thumbs on either hand.

Now his parents are asking for assistance from their local community to help pay for doctor bills to remove the extra fingers and toes and create working opposable thumbs to help Honghong grip, write and live a normal life.

The surgery is likely to cost more than $40,000 and the family, who live in the rural Chinese province of Hunan, simply can’t afford it. While the family were relying on crowdfunding and had raised $8000 online, they stopped due to the hurtful and mixed comments received.

Honghong isn’t the first person in his family to have polydactylism. His mother also has a less severe case with 12 fingers and 12 toes.

The medical condition, where children are born with extra fingers or toes, appears in approximately one in 1000 cases.

Aware that the condition is genetic, the family had multiple scans done during the pregnancy only to be told that their son had no deformities.

 “We were worried that our child would inherit the condition, but after going to three big hospitals in Shenzhen, doctors found no birth defects on our son during scans,” the boy’s father, Zou Chenglin, tells People’s Daily.

While surgery is not an option for another three months until the baby can undergo anaesthesia safely, his parents fear that their pleas for help will not be enough.

(via People’s Daily)

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