Doctors diagnosed the 4-month-old boy with the congenital condition — polydactylism — a skeletal defect that gives humans, dogs, and cats extra fingers and toes. This deformation occurs while the fetus is developing in the womb. So, when the fingers and toes are forming, an error occurs, and one single digit is split into two.
Now, doctors are telling Hong Hong's parents surgery will be extremely difficult. Not only will he have to get the extra fingers and toes removed but he'll also have to undergo thumb reconstruction so that he can grasp objects correctly.
He will need to undergo surgery at 6 months to a year old, before his bones are set. The surgery could cost as much as 200,000 chinese yuan, the boy's father said, and the couple has sought donations online, raising more than 40,000 yuan (over $6,000).