Boy with 24 fingers and toes/手指頭和腳指頭各有12根的男孩

A 12-year-old boy with 12 fingers and 12 toes won't be having surgery to remove his extra digits - because they are not affecting the functions of his hands and feet.

Ouyang Guangchun, from Songpo village in southern China's Hunan province, is the only member of his family with the condition known as polydactylism.

It is not unusual for children to be born with additional digits, but it is rare for the extra digits to look and function normally.

Guangchun's mother said: "If people don't look at his hands or feet carefully, they can hardly tell any unusualness, as the extra digits are growing so naturally with the others."

Strangely, three months before the birth of Guangchun, his family's sow also labored a weird shaped piglet, which had eight legs, two mouths and four ears.

"The pig died two days later. It possibly was a bad omen to the family, leading to the birth of my son with extra fingers and toes," the mother added. (Orange News)


digit -- (n.) 手指 (finger);腳指 (toe)。這個字平常大多作「數字」解。

polydactylism -- (n.) 多指症。

unusualness -- (n.) 稀奇;不尋常;與眾不同。為 unusual 的名詞。

sow -- (n.) 母豬。這個字亦可當動詞用,意為「播 (種)」,但發音與母豬的 sow 不同。

labor -- (v.) 分娩。

weird -- (adj.) 古怪的;離奇的。與 strange, eerie 等同義。

piglet -- (n.) 小豬。

omen -- (n.) 預兆;兆頭。(a) good/bad omen:好/壞預兆。