A 2-month-old boy in China suffers from a rare condition called “extreme polydactylism” which caused him to be born with 15 fingers and 16 toes, raising the question: Could this bizarre birth defect have been caused by environmental toxins?
The child, whose name is Hong Hong, lives with his family in Pingjiang County in China’s Hunan Province. Hong’s mother, who works in a factory located in Shenzhen City also has polydactylism, but a less severe form thereof; she was born with an extra finger on each hand and an extra toe on each foot.
Fearing that her son might also be born with the condition – children of parents with polydactylism have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the defect – Hong’s mother had three scans performed before her son was born, but none indicated that he had inherited the condition.
The child’s parents are desperately trying to raise the money needed for an operation to correct the defect, according to news sources.