'Honey Boo Boo' Family Tries to Accept New Baby's Birth Defect

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Honey Boo Boo's sistersThink what you will about the Thompson family from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but my heart goes out to teen mom Anna right now. The eldest daughter of June Shannon and "Sugar Bear" made the couple grandparents with the birth of baby Kaitlyn. And now it's out that the baby has a birth defect -- she was born with an extra thumb on her right hand.

Yes, this is the same little girl who was dosed with a pacifier dipped in Mountain Dew recently, but the two things aren't related. The baby girl had the extra finger at birth. And from the way the family is talking, that thumb is there to stay.

Grandmother June told People that they've embraced the extra digit because "it makes Kaitlyn more special to us."

Well, that's one way to look at it. Hold on, I'm not criticizing this family.

I tend to think that if my child was born with an extra finger, I'd have it removed if only because it is so obvious. You can hide a third nipple under your shirt if it makes you uncomfortable. You can keep your six toes in a shoe until you begin to feel comfortable in flip flops. But there's no hiding your hands when you need to use them constantly.

I'd hate to think that my child was being picked on because of something that I could have had fixed.

But I can't fault Honey Boo Boo's sister if she decides that Kaitlyn's polydactyly (the official name for extra digits) is something she wants to just leave alone.

Until you're facing a baby with a birth defect face-to-face, it's easy to imagine what you would do. But when this is your reality, all those snap decisions tend to get lost in a sea of "what if"s.

What if you have surgery to remove an extra limb or digit and something goes wrong? The baby is seemingly healthy, so why put her life at risk? On the other hand, what if this extra thumb is going to turn her into the laughingstock of her classes in elementary school? Kids are cruel, and this could be what bullies choose to pick on to make her life a living hell.

Having all those thoughts running through her head can't be easy for Anna. Then add in the fuss over being on a TV show AND being a new mom? All I can think is that poor girl! 

What would you do if your child was born with something "extra"? Would you embrace it or remove it?


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Alway... AlwaysExpecting

Why do it now? If the adults are fine with it, why not wait until she can decide for herself if she wants it removed?  

gemin... geminijai

I agree with PP; however, I can't help but be concerned about the trauma such a surgery would cause an older child, as opposed to an infant?

Fondue Fondue

My friend's daughter had her extra thumb removed after she turned two.  She went in for a quick surgery and had to wear a cast for a couple months.  She's fine now.  No extra digit, no lasting trauma--everyone's happy.

nonmember avatar Lilac

I'm looking for a man with 6 fingers on his right hand....he killed my father... Please tell me someone gets this joke. Also poor child will never be able to wear store bought gloves.

nonmember avatar Eowyn

had a nephew born with an extra thumb, it was removed when he was about 18 months. he had to wear a cast for a little while but no problems whatsoever, difficult to tell there was ever an extra to begin with.

Tralfaz Ogleflueger

Oh give me a break. It is just another inbreeding mistake that captures the simpletons off guard and keeps their fat asses glued to the vinyl cushions whilst scarfing down Mt. Dews and Doritos.

meaga... meagansmommy07

My mom was born with an extra thumb but had it removed at like 1 1/2. It's one of the first things I looked for when my daughters were born

nonmember avatar Tina

My 14 yr old daughter was born with an extra pinky toe. It had no bone in it. The DR actually tied some string around it just like the umbilical cord. It fell off in her playpin the day before her cord did. You would never know it was ever there. There was no surgery needed but if it would have been required, I absolutely would have had it done. Children these days are mean enough for no reason....

TRALFAZ - no inbreeding here. It is actually not that uncommon according to my DR.

nonmember avatar blh

I have no patience for parents who don't fix their childrens birth defects if possible. If you want to be a laughingstock go right ahead but WHY would you make your poor child suffer that. I'd be extremely angry with my parents if I'd been born with something like that and they didn't get it taken care of asap. It's just selfish.

Kathy Roberge Lamb

My cousin was born with an extra thumb and my aunt and uncle had it removed as a baby.  No trauma. 

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