Baby with 12 fingers and 12 toes born in Chimbote hospital

A beautiful baby was born in the Hospital La Caleta in Chimbote on the eve of New Year. However, when the doctors took a closer look at the new-born they were stunned. As a matter of fact, they quickly counted 12 fingers, six on each hand. Inspecting the baby’s feet, they furthermore discovered that the minor counted with 12 toes.

The doctors of the neonatology area of La Caleta in Chimbote claimed that the girl is in good health, but she is required to be transferred to a specialised medical centre in Lima. According to the doctors of the hospital in Chimbote the baby is stable, but they said that her case is extremely rare; they had never seen a new-born with six fingers on each hand.

“Although the new-born does not present complications, she should be taken to a hospital in the city of Lima to be evaluated by specialists,” the doctors said. The doctors of La Caleta have been coordinating the transfer of the girl to a specialized hospital in the capital so that she may receive a better evaluation. The local press found out that that the minor’s relatives do not have the necessary financial resources for the transfer. The girl’s parents kindly asked local authorities and good-hearted people to support them with the expenses that are expected in Peru’s capital.

The news also reached the headlines of some international media. Although this case is odd, it’s not unique. In 2009 in the St Luke Hospital in San Francisco (USA) Kamani was born who also had 12 fingers and 12 toes. Apparently, many children have been born in the past with one more finger on one of their hands or their feet. This congenital deformity is called polydactylism and is usually common in children born to couples formed by relatives (endogamy).

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