Indian boy born with THIRTY FOUR fingers and toes
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:34 AM
A one-year-old boy in India has broken a world record after being born with 34 fingers and toes. Akshat Saxena had seven fingers on each hand and ten toes on each foot, according to a spokesman for Guinness World Records.
The child, from Uttar Pradesh in northern India, has since had a series of surgeries to amputate the excess digits. Akshat was born last year without thumbs so doctors are working to reconstruct these out of the fingers they have removed. His mother Amrita Saxena said: 'I was so happy to see my baby as it was our first child. 'But later, when I saw his fingers, I was shocked and surprised.'
The condition is known as polydactyly, a genetic disorder which can be inherited and gives rise to excess digits. Most commonly, the extra digits appear on the little finger side of the hand. Mrs Saxena said it was a family friend who convinced them Akshat was extremely special.
She said: 'He read on the internet about the baby born in China with 31 fingers.
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