Polydactyly, a congenital physical anomaly in humans occurs an incidence of 1 in every 1000 live births. For this somewhat common condition, India’s Pranamya Menaria and Devendra Harne, jointly held a record of having most digits –they both have 12 fingers and 13 toes.
Interestingly, the record was broken by a boy from China. The unnamed 6-year-old had unprecented 31 digits, which included 15 fingers and 16 toes! This boy’s central polydactyly condition saw his middle fingers and toes duplicated.
His family did not go to apply for a Guinness World Record, rather sent him to Shengjing Hospital affiliated with China Medical University in Shenyang recently to undergo a surgery to remove the extras because he suffered from the inconvenience in the daily life and also being ridiculed from peers of the same age at his school.
The hours-long operation was quite successful. Doctors removed the index finger and the middle one of three fused fingers on both hands (also the one at the end of the right thumb) and the outer three additional digits on his feet. He was expected to have a full recovery within half a year.
ps. Not sure where this cute kid’s hometown is. One thing is certain, Shenzhen TV and People’s Daily said he is from Harbin (of Heilongjiong Province), while Zhenjiang TV mentioned he is from Yingkou (of Liaoning Province). But one thing is certain, he is not from what-some-overseas reports-said Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning.