A baby girl, born in Rajasthan, India, has 26 fingers and toes- seven fingers on each hand and six on each foot. According to Indian Express, the family was shocked by the discovery, hailing her as an incarnation of a goddess. The baby’s mother, Sarju Devi went into labour eight months into her pregnancy, however, doctors have confirmed the child is healthy.
The infant’s family have expressed their joy at the birth of the child. The girl’s uncle told local media: “My sister has given birth to a baby who has 26 fingers, and we are considering it to be the incarnation of Dholagarh Devi.”
Speaking to Indian Express, Dr Preethika Shetty said the baby has a genetical condition called polydactyly, which is characterised by small extra digits. She explained that the condition varies, as some can be born with several extra digits, or they can have an extra finger. Dr Shoba Gupta, a medical director, revealed to the publication that the medical condition runs in the family and can be brought on by hereditary causes.
Dr Shetty explained that polydactyly can be detected in new born babies through a prenatal ultrasound or after the child is born. “The doctor will determine if your baby has polydactyly either through prenatal ultrasound or after birth. He or she will examine your child’s hands and feet for any additional digits and diagnose the specific type of polydactyly.”