my baby has 12 fingers! has anyone else heard of this?

Deborah - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my son Harri was born on 15/8/08, after he was born we discovered an extra finger on each hand,

although very scary, apparently it is the most common birth defect worldwide with 1 in 200 babies born with extra digits.

Harri is my 5th son, and it never ever occured to me to count fingers or toes at the births of any of my babies, i just took for granted that they would have 5 of each.

i would love to talk with others who have experienced this, as it is extremely fascinating.

his "spares" will be removed under G/A before his 1st birthday.

Harri is in the 10% of babies who have nerves and blood supply to his spares, the other 90% of babies are treated at birth, simply by tying surgical string around the finger until it drops off, sounds barbaric to me!

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Pairoj - posted on 11/05/2013

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My son PW also had 12 fingers. They come out on the thumb side of each hand. First, the extra fingers look nice and perfect so i thought he could be some hand skill champion like musical instruments or video games. After 6,7 months they looked deformed small and bended. At 12 months, after consulting with doctors, we decide to remove them by the reason that these fingers will pull the blood food and resources and make the main thumbs smaller and weaker. Operation come very good, thank God. He need some special exercises for extend tendons to help him grip things normally. Be positive, Cheers.

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Joanne - posted on 01/26/2014

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Hi my son was born with the sixth digit on both hands but was operated at 3months old. apparently it is very common among africans, which is what his dad is. joanne

Leon Van Der - posted on 01/03/2014

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Hi
I just read all the posts about tying the string around the finger as being barbaric. it really isn't. like I said in my previous post, my daughter had the string tied to her fingers it sound worse than it really is. when the string is tied im sure it does pinch but then the finger goes numb. it didn't bother my daughter at all. she didn't cry at all from it. when my daughter was born this is what the doctor suggested, I though it was the only way. but I just wanted to say its not as bad as what it sounds.

Leon Van Der - posted on 01/03/2014

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Hi My name is Leon Van Der Westhuizen my daughter was born on 12 March 2010. My daughter had 12 fingers (One lucky finger) on each hand. the fingers came out of her little fingers. We had them removed when she was about 3 days old. Very easy procedure. the doctor tied thread where the extra finger met with the little finger which restricted blood flow from the hand to the extra finger and after about 2 weeks the extra fingers dried up and fell off.
I would just like to know if this means anything? There are a few cultures that believe its very lucky. My daughter as small as she is has had a lot of luck.
Does anyone know anything about this

Teka - posted on 10/07/2013

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I'm 24 and pregnant with my first baby and was curious if this would happen to my baby because i had 12 fingers and still have the scar where my two fingers were removed. I didn't have 12 toes tho.. I'm sooo glad my mom decided to remove them...

Deborah - posted on 10/31/2012

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hi deborah. i find it odd that not only do we have the same name but my daughter was also born in august 2008. she ws born with the same digits as your son. i have four children, my eldest was born with 10 digits, my second eldest was born with 12, my second youngest was born with 12 and my youngest was born with 10. my children`s 'defect' was due to my husband having been born with 12 fingers also. he also has an older daughter who was only born with ten. he is one of 6 and is the only one born with this 'defect'. it seems to be hereditary by random chance in our family. i was lucky because i held out for sophie`s operation so her and jessica could have their operation together. i was actually really sorry to see them go. sophie has a small scar but can not quite close her little finger against the others unless she trie, jessica seems to have no lasting effect. all 3 including my husband) had the fingers slightly higher up the littl finger than the other. my only regret was that i didnt have casts made but we have plenty of pics. sophie had hers so long she used them as a comforter because it would fold into her palm x Theirs grew alongside the others as did the nail which i would have to cut. though like harri`s they were only attached by skin and some nerves. absolutely amazing. they looked like burns victims with all four hands bandaged in the double buggy while they healed. after sophie we looked for it on jessica`s scan whilst pregnant but unforunately she must have had them tucked in. anyway its been lovely to read your story and see someone else experiencing the same thing. good luck for the future x

Katherine - posted on 03/03/2011

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Polydactyly! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydactyly It's not actually a birth defect, it's either because you and your husband both have the genes from it, or there was a mutation in genes that caused it. I honestly think it's kind of neat. :) I'm almost positive the trait for it is a dominant one, but I don't have the link to back that up at the moment.

I had a little boy I worked with in daycare who had two thumbs on one hand. It took me weeks to notice it, and when I did, I nearly dropped the poor kid off my lap, I was so startled.

If you want to keep them on, ask the docs what the pros on cons would be. I bet there's websites talking about it, where you could ask questions of people who still have their extra digits.

Chrystal - posted on 02/13/2011

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Hi! I was actually born with 12 fingers!!! It's cool to know that I was born different from other people but I'm glad my mom made the decision to have them removed. I cant imagine what life would be like had she wanted to keep them. You really can't tell until I flip my hand over with my palm facing upward. When I tell people about it they are usually pretty fascinated by it. Oh yeah, definitely make sure your son is careful because they have just as much feeling as his other fingers. Mine just look like litte balls and they were extended from my pinkie just like Hari's. Good luck!! I think we are pretty intelligent people. Lol wish I could post pics. If I find out how to do it from my iPhone I will.

Amber - posted on 02/01/2009

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I don't know much about the subject but I did see that story on the news. He looked like a perfect little baby. I think what you said about them tying surgical string around the extra digits til they fall of sounds barbaric too. Good luck with your son and thank you for sharing.

Deborah - posted on 02/01/2009

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hey guys, did anyone see the baby born with 12 fingers and toes? completely formed, they are fully functional, and oh so perfect!!!

Kamani Hubbard is his name, he is one in a million as they are fully functional, not like Harri's, i love the story i just read about him, his dad had fingers like Harri, apparently it runs in his family.

would love to contact his mum, she would still be in a bit of shock, it took a good month before i got used to harris "extras"! now i want to keep them! they are so perfect to look at,

Kamani has got the most beautiful hands and feet in the world, i feel like i love him just as much as his mummy does! How precious!

just had to share my excitement! lol

Deborah - posted on 01/31/2009

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lol, im glad im not alone in wanting to leave them! a future pianist perhaps???

they actually have no bone in the attatchment, only a small piece of skin is holding them on his hands, when he starts to crawl i will have to watch they dont catch on the carpet etc, but i dont actually want to remove them, they are a part of my baby, and to him, its just "normal", after all, he doesn't know any different!

who defines what normal is anyway, especially as 1 in 200 babies born have extra digits?

it did get me wondering though, about evolutionary changes, did humans once have more than 5 digits, or will we all one day have extra digits? who knows?

its truly amazing the number of people who have seen or heard of this condition, ive met other children who had extra toes, and an adult who was born with another complete hand attatched to his wrist,

did anyone see the story recently about the baby with a brain growth which turned out to be a complete foot inside her brain?

makes me realise how blessed we are when our babies are born "normal"

i look forward to talking more!!!

Marlene - posted on 01/31/2009

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I don't know much about the subject but why would u remove them? I would think its a bonus to have an extra finger!

Deborah - posted on 01/28/2009

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thankyou! im sure the removal will leave no scarring, its just scary having to experience this. and other than a few spares, he is absolutely perfect.

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2009

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My childhood neighbor had this condition. They removed her extra finger(s?) when she was a baby as well and you would never know it today.

your photo of you and your baby is PRECIOUS ! Congratulations !

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