Parents of a little boy have been left devastated after they discovered that their little baby has grown 15 fingers and 16 toes.
Honghong suffers from a rare deformity called polydactyly
A baby has been born with a total of 31 fingers and toes to shocked parents who say there were no indications of his deformities on pre-natal scans, MailOnline reveals.
The three-month-old boy, nicknamed Honghong, has 15 fingers and 16 toes. Remarkably, he also has two palms on each hand, with no thumbs, according to People’s Daily Online.
The boy’s parents have become worried and desperate to help their baby. But, doctors at their local hospital in Hunan, central China, tells them surgery will be extremely difficult.
The little baby suffers from extreme case of polydactyly – a medical condition, where children are born with extra fingers or toes, appears in approximately one in 1,000 cases. But to have so many extra digits is extremely rare.
It has been revealed that Honghong’s mother also suffers from polydactyly and has extra digits on both her hands and feet.
She was worried about passing it on to her child so she had multiple examinations at hospitals in Shenzhen, south China before she was cleared. There was no indication of her son’s condition during pre-natal.
When she was half way through her pregnancy, she even visited Futian District Maternity Hospital in Shenzhen to get a four-dimensional ultrasound.
She was again told that the baby had no deformities
But the couple, who live in rural Hunan, were horrified to find that their son’s polydactyly is even more severe than that of his mother.
Both of Honghong’s feet have eight toes while one of his hands has eight fingers and the other, seven.
Liu Hong, a professor at Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital for Pediatric Orthopedics, told Honghong’s father Zou Chenglin that surgery will be extremely difficult.
The boy is currently too young for anaesthetics but he will need to undergo surgery between six months and a year before the bones set.
The family are worried because of the huge money involved in the surgery and might not be able to afford it.
Now, the three-month-old boy’s parents are desperately trying to find money to fund the treatment for their son.