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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Polydactyl has 24 Digits

A California boy was born with an extra digit on each hand and foot, giving him 24 digits in total. The condition is called Polydactylism and is rare, but Kamani Hubbard's condition is extremely rare - possibly unique!

While pediatricians missed the child's extra fingers and toes on the ultrasounds, his father knew to look for them; Polydactylism is genetic and runs in the family. But the father added no one had ever been so blessed.

While the condition is sometimes seen as a deformity - specifically in cases where the extra digit(s) is not fully-formed - Kamani appears to have full use of all his many fine extremities. "Imagine what sort of a pianist a 12-fingered person would be. Imagine what sort of flamenco guitarist. Think of [his] typing skills," one doctor mused.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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