'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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Alt_Mom Alt_Mom

I understand why parents want to protect their kids from harassment; HOWEVER, I believe that we are sending the wrong message to our kids by 'fixing' defects that are purely cosmetic. There are many adults who have grown up with visible birth defects and have become much stronger, kinder people than they would have been otherwise. Of course, there will be nasty people along the way who will hurt the child's feelings, but each time it happens, it should be taken as an opportunity for your child AND the other party to learn from the experience and become better people. When we alter our children's natural appearance through surgery, we are encouraging the idea that something was 'wrong' with them that needed to be fixed, instead of embracing who they are. We are teaching our children that looks are the top priority - a behavior that can easily lead to them torturing other children for their differences. It is NOT selfish to leave a defect alone, as parents have nothing to gain from it; rather, parents face a tougher road ahead when their child faces the world with a deformity. It is worth it when you consider the amazing people who have survived the stares and comments and have gone on to be some of the most incredible people you'll ever know.

nonmember avatar musicgurl

I was born with an extra toe and my parents had it removed, and all I'm left with is a good story and a tiny scar on my foot. My great grandmother had the same thing, and she told all of her children that if they ever had a child born with an extra toe, they should have it removed. She lived her whole life with hers, and she hated it. If I had a child born with an extra thumb, I would definitely remove it. It would be a simple surgery that will save the child a lot of headaches in the future.

Alicia Duffy

I have a friend who just had a baby with an extra thumb and they r keeping it there. If I had a baby i wouldnt remove anything that shouldnt until they can decide. yes they may be made fun of in school but if they are then they can decide to remove it later in life, or what if the child becomes popular because the kids think the extra thumb is "awesome"? its for the child to decide it is their body after all

cooki... cookies350

Have it removed . no one needs an extra thumb..or the attention...

Kristen Suthers

I was born with an extra toe, bone and everything. My mom had it removed when I was like, 3 days old. I still occasionally have "Phantom limb syndrom" where I think I still have that toe, but otherwise no lasting effects. 

I would say tho, that it is not entirely true that you can keep an extra toe without issues. Even though I had my toe removed my feet were still wider then the average foot because of the extra set of bones. I know that they make "wide" shoes, but sometimes they just don't fit. 

nonmember avatar Rita

I wonder what the insurance situation is like in that family.

Billie Jo Evans

I'm a more natural parent, but I would choose to have an extra digit removed. They're not needed, lol, and they're not meant to be there like any other extra growth.

cueba... cueballsmom

Wow, the ignorance astounds me. You are disgusting. My neice had extra digits, if I was her mother, they would have stayed. no reason to remove them, society be damned.

jessi... jessicasmom1

hmm extra fingers and toes don't be selfish  help that baby 

Kristina Neathery

im so tired of this honey boo- boo girl they are some country ass hicks that make everyone in the south look bad i live in the south and i dont act like them and i dont know anyone else that acts like that they need to take the show off the air and er fat, lazy parents need to get out and get a real job

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