January 31, 2009
Baby born with 12 fingers, 12 toes
A baby born in San Francisco has six perfectly formed and functional fingers and toes on his hands and feet, say doctors at Saint Luke's Hospital.
Kamani Hubbard's extra digits look so normal they weren't noticed at first, said his mother, Miryoki Gross, of Daly City.
Extra digits run in the father's side of the family, said dad Kris Hubbard, but none have been so perfectly developed.
Kris Hubbard himself had nubs of sixth fingers removed as a child because they were non-functioning, reported KTVU-TV, San Francisco. That won't be the case with his son, born three weeks ago, because Kamani's fingers and toes function perfectly, said Dr. Michael Treece.
It's merely an interesting and beautiful variation rather than a worrisome thing, said Treece.
Imagine what sort of a pianist a 12-fingered person would be or flamenco guitarist or typist, he said.
I just want him to see what greatness will be in store for him, said Kris Hubbard, noting famous polydactyly people include former Florida Marlins' pitcher Antonio Alfonseca and the late blues guitarist Hound Dog Taylor.