A young man identified as Ajun, 21, from China, who had nine toes has successfully undergone surgery to lop off four of it to have the normal five toes, and narrates how having nine toes deprived him from having a normal childhood and social life.
Ajun described his childhood days as tough, he said;
‘I stopped wearing sandals outside since my third year of primary school. ‘I’ve never had a girlfriend because I’m so imperfect. I never thought I’d find anyone who wants to be with me.’
He further stated that he suffered for so long with the condition because of his parents’ stubborn belief that it was a ‘gift from the heavens’.
He added that;
“people born with such deformities have the extra digits surgically removed during childhood but his superstitious parents did not want him to have the toes removed because a fortune teller had told them they were a good omen” .
Due to his parents superstitious, they never dealt with problem. They thought if it really looked too bad, I could just cover it with my shoes.’
Ajun who was fed up with the way his toes looked was determined to rid himself of the extra toes once he reached adulthood. Dr Wu Xiang, from Shunde Heping Surgical Hospital in Foshan, said: ‘It’s very rare to see such a serious deformity having not been treated in a 21-year-old patient.’ His team spent nine hours operating on Ajun, forging a new big toe and chopping off the extra ones.
Doctor Wu described the condition of an extra digits and further explained how Ajun’s case was treated;
He said ;
‘Other hospitals would’ve just removed his outermost extra toes. ‘That would’ve been the easiest solution, but it wouldn’t look the best. ‘His most natural looking toe is on the outside, so we decided to migrate it inwards to its most ideal position, replacing his fifth digit and creating a new big toe.’
Polydactyly is the scientific name for having extra digits on hands and feet. Affecting one in every 700 to 1,000 worldwide, it occurs during the sixth or seventh week of pregnancy, where a foetus’ ‘paddle hands and feet’ divide into fingers and toes.