'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Recap: The Family Faces a Serious Medical Decision

here comes honey boo booThis week, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo takes a serious turn. In recent weeks, we've seen the crazy Family Moon (in lieu of a honeymoon), a wild camping trip, and the creation of the now infamous Manper. But in the latest episode, the family must make a scary medical decision about their youngest member.

Anna's daughter Kaitlyn was born with two thumbs on one of her hands. Now that she is 1 year old, it's time to consider removing it.

It may sound like an unusual birth defect, but she's in good company. As Honey Boo Boo explains, she isn't the only family member with an interesting body part. Mama has forklift foot (whatever that is), Sugar Bear has his inside parts reversed (meaning his heart is on the wrong side), Anna's got a weird skinny gene (oh God forbid), Jessica's got shark teeth, and Uncle Poodle's got nine toes. 

They've got two options: leave the thumb there and she grows up with it or remove it. Problem is, Anna wants her baby to have the surgery and Mama is against it. She's afraid that the surgery could go wrong and it could paralyze her remaining thumb. She also is fearful of putting such a little baby under anesthesia. But Anna is worried about it being the butt of jokes or the reason she is teased as she grows older.

That doesn't mean she's not worried about the procedure. She cries knowing that her daughter has to go through surgery and the possibility something might go wrong. The issue becomes a real source of tension between Mama and her eldest daughter. But Anna doesn't back down asserting that the decision is ultimately up to her.

The decision in the end? After a visit with the doctor, Anna decides to wait a year. That's certainly a move Mama can live with.

Do you think they should remove Kaitlyn's extra thumb?


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Mark Dreher

The extra thumb looks terrible, and is easy to remove.

You have to fix that, before the kids start making fun of her.


Like, now.

Katha... Katharine205

Amazing what inbreeding will do for you

Coles... Coles_mom

That's what I was thinking too Katharine. :)

BPayne09 BPayne09

Sounds like they need to stop inbreeding. It's not normal for every family member to have issues like these.

nonmember avatar Sheila Hill

yes  the doctors wouldn;t take the risk if they thought anything would go wrong. all of you are not going to be with the little girl all her life every minute of the day. be kind.

adamat34 adamat34

This is not inbreeding good grief 1-300 babies are born with extra digits. Also if anyone would bother to do the research .... The DNA codes of most people even those related are so vast that the likelihood of a genetic anomaly is rare except in cases of brother sister parent child and even then it takes many generations to cause lower IQs and organ development problems. This is just an extra digit.

These people may not be the most sophisticated or even have manners in any sense of the word but to imply they are somehow genetically deformed is ignorant at best.

adamat34 adamat34

Ps the mothers toe issue was caused by an accident the sugar bear character is only father to the youngest daughter and the baby has an entirely different teen father.

I'm wondering if this family were from anywhere else would the subject of inbreeding even come up.

Katha... Katharine205

adamat34 if they lived next door to me I would stand by my statement

nonmember avatar Mary

I love how people with little or no medical/genetic education make statements online as if their opinion is valid. If they're inbred can I say you're.....no. I will not sink to your level.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

 "Mama" needs to butt out and let Anna make the decision that she feels is right for her daughter. 

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