A twelve-year-old boy named Ouyang Guangchun from Songpo village in southern China’s Hunan province was born with 12 fingers and 12 toes and has lived his life with all of his dactyls intact. His parents have declined to permit the surgery because they feel the extra digits do not in any way interfere with their son’s quality of life or his ability to use his hands or feet.
The boy is the only member his family to be so afflicted with extra fingers and toes. While it is not unusual for children to be born with additional digits, it is not common for those extra digits to look and function normally, which they do in Ouyang’s case.
“If people don’t look at his hands or feet carefully, they can hardly tell anything, as the extra digits are growing naturally along with the others,” his mother told the press.
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