Baby Born With 12 Fingers, 12 Toes

Suzanne Murray
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baby born with 12 fingers and 12 toes

photo by ButtrflyTattoos

5 perfect little toes!

One of the first things many moms do after childbirth is to count their baby's ten perfect little fingers and ten perfect little toes. Kamani Hubbard's mom probably thought she was mistaken when she counted to twelve. Her "super" baby was born in California two weeks ago—with six perfect fingers on each of his hands, and six perfect toes on each of his feet. Since all of his digits are perfectly formed and functional, it isn't considered a disability or a deformity. It is, however, rare.


Polydactyl, a congenital disorder, in which there is an extra finger or two is not uncommon in humans, and it happens frequently in cats. But to have it happen on both the hands and feet is unusual. In some cases, people have the extra digits removed. But Michael Treece, the doctor who delivered Kamani said, "I would be tempted to leave those fingers in place. I realize children tease each other over the slightest things, and having extra digits on each hand is more than slight. But imagine what sort of a pianist a 12-fingered person would be, imagine what sort of a flamenco guitarist, if nothing else think of their typing skills."

I'm not sure how noticeable it is and while it's true that kids make fun of each other, I think I'd leave those twelve perfect fingers and twelve perfect toes alone.

What would you do?

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