Earlier this year, one unfortunate child in Hunan was born with a total of 31 fingers and toes, his parents are now seeking help to fund what is certain to be an extremely difficult surgery.
The three-month-old boy, Honghong, has 15 fingers and 16 toes, but no thumbs. He does have two palms on each hand though.
He is suffering from a very extreme case of polydactyly, a rare medical condition in which children are born with extra digits. Honghong’s mom was also born with additional fingers and toes; however, the couple claims that no indications of deformities were present on pre-natal scans. In fact, worried about passing on her condition to her son, the woman visited hospitals in Shenzhen, where after multiple scans, doctors told her that her baby would be perfectly normal, NetEase reports.
Now, doctors are telling them that surgery will be extremely difficult for poor Honghong. While he is still too young for anesthetics, he will need to undergo an operation sometime between when he is six months to a year old, before his bones are set.
Of course, this type of difficult surgery is likely to cost hundreds of thousands of yuan, which the poor family simply will be unable to afford. They have now begun the difficult task of trying to raise enough funds from friends and kind strangers.
We hope they can do it.
[Images via NetEase]