An extraordinary Indian family has baffled experts after each of the 25 members were born with 12 fingers and 12 toes.
According to Dailymail, Krishna Choudhary, who lives in a small village in Gaya, in Bihar, northern India, has six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot – just like his father and siblings.
Mr Choudhary Krishna, who works as a daily wage labourer, said:
‘My father and grandfather had 24 fingers. I along with my brothers and sister have 24 fingers and our children and grandchildren are also affected by the condition.’
‘I don’t have any problems with my extra fingers but my children and grandchildren suffer a lot. I’ve had boys that have refused to marry the girls of my family after learning of their condition.
‘Four people rejected my daughter after finding out she had 24 fingers. I do not know why, but this is awful.’
Krishna also admits it’s difficult for him and his children to find footwear that are comfortable. They are forced to always wear flip-flops.
‘We cannot find footwear for our feet,’ he said. ‘They don’t fit us well so we have no option but to wear these and we can’t afford to customized shoes.’
Krishna’s sister-in-law, Sitbiya Choudhary, considers the condition a blessing, while other members of the family feel they have been cursed. Sitbiya said:
‘I feel it is a blessing on all of us; else it is impossible to have all members of the family to have the same condition. It must be some kind of message from God.’
Dr Aayush Gupta, an assistant Professor at the department of dermatology, at Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, said:
‘The term is medically called Polydactyly.
‘It is a genetic disorder, caused by a mutation during the development of genes and a congenital physical anomaly in human beings where they have supernumerary fingers.
‘There may not be any physical issues related to the extra fingers but people do sometimes suffer from the psychological issues of living with such a condition. Usually extra digits on the ulnar side cause no problem. These extra fingers could be removed in surgery if the patient requires but it can be costly.’
Source – DailyMail