'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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Rann Dyer

Ben Franklin had an extra finger, but very few people know that.It happens here and there in births. But mostly it is the pinky finger.Most of the time it doesnt have bones in them, but rather cartledge that supports the flesh. A baby was born when I was having my daughter in 1975 with an extra pinky. The doctor told the mother, they would remove it easily.The earlier it would be dont the chance of scaring would be highly reduced with the newborn skin.Kids are cruel in school in later years.I would do what it took to make my child's body normal appearing.

tammy... tammyc1106

Johnathan you are an asshole. Just because a child is born with an extra digit does not mean that they are a product of in breeding. Believe it or not this is a common defect. Get your head out of your ass and get a life

nonmember avatar TJE

My sister was born with an extra thumb on her right hand 44 years ago and had it removed at 6 months of age with no problems. If they could do that way back in 1968, why can't they do that now? This child will get teased mercilessly for this and although teasing isn't right why do they have to force this child to endure that type of treatment when she gets older?

Becky Johnson- Opalka

I would get it removed when safe enough to do so (like 2 or so). not worth the tears of coming home from school, or having the judgement like previous posters (calling her inbred).

Sarah Russell

My son was born with an extra thumb. (No imbreeding here!) We struggled with what to do but ultimately went with having it removed for functional purposes. Also, I never wanted him to think we "fixed" him. He wan never broken-- just born with something unique. Instead of trying to get ratings for all these extreme parenting choices, they could actually use the show to talk about birth defects and the right way to talk to our children about them. I will admit that I was deeply sad when my son arrived with the extra son but we accepted it-- we accepted him. He is 7 now and it's obvious that his hand is different but it's a difference he should be proud of. I couldn't love him more : )

Sarah Russell

Extra *thumb. (Damn auto correct!)

Jessye Carr

My son was born with an extra thumb. He was about 4 months old when it was removed as it was in an awkward place and would most likely end up broken multiple times in the first year of general baby exploring alone. But if she wants to keep it there, that's her choice. I just hope if the daughter herself asks her mum to take it off when she's older, they will respect her wishes.

Karen Carver

Removing it while she's so young would mean as she grows any scaring would become less and less noticeable. Waiting until she gets older could become more problematic as where it's attached becomes solid bone which might rquire plastic surgery to look smooth after removal. Right now, the thumb is in more of a cartiledge stage and easier to remove and make the skin look smooth. Just my opinion...

Michelle Tanzella Young

I don't know if this makes me a horrible person but I would definitely have an extra thumb removed.  I hope this family changes their minds soon.

jeann... jeannie39

 I am a new member of CafeMom and I was under the impression this was a website for parents and adults. I can not understand why some people comment nasty things like inbreeding and who this babies family is. Really, people grow up. Children are born everyday with extra digits and it is not from the stupid things some of you are saying. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Did your mommy not tell you that if you can say something nice, then keep your trap shut!

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