Girl born with 14 fingers has life-changing surgery
She had two extra thumbs and fingers on each hand
By Nikki Black
Writer / May 24 2019
A toddler born with 14 fingers has had life-changing surgery to correct her hereditary birth defect.
The little girl, aged three, had two extra fingers and two extra thumbs on each hand.
The defect has run in the family for five generations, however due to financial constraints nothing had ever been done about it.
The surgery took place at Central Hospital of Shenyang Medical College in China and was undertaken by hand surgery specialist, Dr Zhan Jie.
“The girl had two extra fingers on each hand - quite a rare patient,” he explained.
“The surgery was complicated by the fact that the fingers we wanted to keep and those we wanted to remove weren't clear and obvious.
“Besides removing the extra digits, we also needed to make corrections to the angle.”
Dr Zhan and his team removed the extra digits, then used metal rods to help straighten the little girl’s thumbs and redirect the bone growth.
“It's been a month since the operation. She came back after two weeks to have her sutures removed,” Doctor Zhan said.
He added: “Both we and the patient's family are satisfied with the appearance of her hands.”