Desperate parents seek help for son born with 31 fingers and toes

By admin
04 May 2016

Even before he was born, the odds were stacked against Hong Hong, the young boy with 11 extra digits.

"My wife has one extra finger and toe on each of her hands and feet, so we were worried that our child would inherit the condition," explained Zou Chenglin, Hong Hong’s dad.

The three-month-old boy with polydactylism – a congenital condition characterized by extra fingers or toes – also has two palms, but no thumbs on either hand.

His wife, who works in a factory in Shenzhen City, in southern Guangdong Province, also has polydactylism.

Hong Hong was born with seven fingers on his right hand and eight on his left, with eight toes on each of his feet. Hong Hong was born with seven fingers on his right hand and eight on his left, with eight toes on each of his feet.

"But after going to three big hospitals in Shenzhen, doctors found no birth defects on our son during scans."

And so it came as a big shock when Hong Hong was born with seven fingers on his right hand and eight on his left, with eight toes on each of his feet.

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Zou said the family has since been to a dozen hospitals and the family were relieved to know that Hong Hong can be operated on when he is between six months and a year old.

The poor migrant worker family from the village of Zhongping, in Pingjiang County of China’s central Hunan Province, will be unable to raise the fund required for the operation. The poor migrant worker family from the village of Zhongping, in Pingjiang County of China’s central Hunan Province, will be unable to raise the fund required for the operation.

The surgery could cure the polydactylism and hopefully give the boy a chance at a normal childhood, without the stigma, social pressure and difficulties that would accompany having 15 fingers and 16 toes.

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However, the poor migrant worker family from the village of Zhongping, in Pingjiang County of China’s central Hunan Province, will be unable to raise the 100 000 to 500 000 RMB (R229 100 to R1, 1 million) required for the operation and the post-op recovery.

Hong Hong's mother also has polydactylism. Hong Hong's mother also has polydactylism.

The poor family is now trying to reach out to local charities and are hoping that the public will extend a helping hand.

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But the mum and dad might also be hard-pressed to have their case considered a priority, as Hong Hong’s condition is not life-threatening and therefore perhaps not perceived as important as others in the country who are suffering from more severe diseases.

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