Boy With 12 Fingers (and 13 Toes)

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The photos of his hands and feet look like they were photoshopped to add an extra digit (kind of like this ad), but they weren't. Devender Harne was born with twelve fingers and thirteen toes. That seems like it would be pretty useful. It certainly helps him type faster. It may also earn him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. (via J-Walk)

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Posted on Thu Oct 06, 2005


A friend of mine in high school was also born polydactylic, but had his extra fingers removed at a yound age. (He still had the scars to prove it.)

He ended up making a pretty good living as a jazz pianist, although he said the extra fingers would probably have gotten in the way of his piano playing instread of providing an extra benefit.
Posted by Andy  on  Thu Oct 06, 2005  at  11:09 PM
It's not too rare for humans to be born with extra fingers or toes.
Nowadays, in the industrialized world doctors usually remove the spares during the early childhood of the oversupplied individual.

I have a friend who was born with six fingers per hand, but this was surgically "corrected" while he was a baby. I once mentioned that it might be an advantage, in typing and playing keyboard instruments, to have extra fingers, and he told me I was crazy.
I guess at the very least, you would have to invent new techniques to take advantage of your special endowment, since established methods of typing/playing all presume the player has ten fingers.

Cats are also frequently seen with extra "fingers" and toes (probably more frequently than people so equipped). These polydactylic cats are often claimed to bring good luck to their owners.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  on  Fri Oct 07, 2005  at  10:14 AM
Buying gloves would also be a problem, I think. Plus, giving a certain gesture would be difficult, since with an even number of fingers there is no middle one to display.

I met a boy who had an extra elbow on one arm (it might have been one on each arm, but I can't remember now). That was rather strange, and I don't know how easily something like that could be surgically corrected. I don't think that he or his parents had any plans to do anything about it, anyway.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Fri Oct 07, 2005  at  01:29 PM
Are you saying his arm bends at two places?
Anyway, I guess this boy needs tailor-made gloves, but it's not very cold in India so that's probably not a problem 😊 It would be interesting to see him in action tho, how he uses his fingers, also do they know which finger is the extra one? :lol:
Posted by Span  on  Fri Oct 07, 2005  at  03:09 PM
Yes, his arm had an upper part, an elbow, a middle part, another elbow, and then the lower part.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Fri Oct 07, 2005  at  09:56 PM
There were polydactyl musicians in the days of Mozart and Handel, and those composers wrote pieces especially for them to play for piano and violin. Now of course, it's unlikely anyone will hear that music as so few polydactyls are not "corrected" at birth and grow up to play music.

A nice tribute to them was in the extended version of the movie GATTACA where the lead characters attend a concert by a twelve-fingered pianist.
Posted by DFSTuckey  on  Sat Oct 08, 2005  at  03:46 AM
I would think it would be harder to buy'd need all that extra toe room.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Oct 09, 2005  at  05:05 AM
The question is, do women find this kind of thing attractive? If so, Devender will grow up to be a babe-magnet, and he will spread his genes more successfully than the rest of us, including me.

It's possible therefore that this chap is the future of mankind, the next step in our evolutionary... ladder. The next rung, rather. Ladders have rungs. Etc is the next *rung* *on* our evolutionary ladder.

I am reminded of the bloke in the Japanese animated film "Ghost in the Shell", whose fingers could split open to make more fingers, etc, and who could therefore type faster than a magickist. I am also reminded of... of Shergar, the racehorse, but that's a separate issue.
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  on  Sun Oct 09, 2005  at  06:41 AM
Have you seen this yet??

It is also on J-Walk - you can order a breast or 2, or even a whole dead body.!!
Posted by marcus rosen  on  Sun Oct 09, 2005  at  09:08 AM
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Oct 10, 2005  at  06:24 AM
I just tried ordering an eyeball from ecuerpos - the ecommerce functions dont work??
Posted by Jennny  on  Mon Oct 10, 2005  at  06:26 AM
This is inherently racist. The webmaster shall be hearing from my solicitors.
Posted by Chris Eubanks  on  Mon Oct 10, 2005  at  08:25 AM
Much as I would welcome the spread of fellow human mutants, Ashley Pomeroy, even if this was to become the new hot thing for women, the genetic anomaly that causes this is recessive like blue eyes - that is, both parents need to have the gene before any of the offspring show the feature; So unless there is a dating service for polydactyls, it is not going to take off through the population.

Mind you, a dating service for recessive mutations is an interesting thought . . . A bit eugenic, but if they are advantageous . . . 😊
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Mon Oct 10, 2005  at  11:24 PM
there was a kid in my fourth grade class who was born with an extra finger on each hand ... he had them removed when he was a baby, but his mom brought them in one day because he wanted to prove to everybody that he wasn't lying. they looked like abnormally large peanuts in a jar ... it's been 10 years and i still can't eat peanuts. incidentally, his little plan to prove he wasn't a liar didn't work ... instead, everybody started making fun of him for being a 'freak'. gotta love kids, huh?
Posted by jesykah mahree  in  jacksonville  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  06:01 AM
okay, to clarify ... his plan to prove he wasn't a liar DID work, but it just created a new problem for him. it's too early to think straight. 😛
Posted by jesykah mahree  in  jacksonville  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  06:03 AM
Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII was born with six fingers. It was one of the charges against her when she was tried
Posted by John  on  Tue Nov 15, 2005  at  08:23 AM
i wish i was polydactyl hehe
Posted by vicky  on  Thu Nov 24, 2005  at  12:22 PM
I was born with 12 fingers and 12 toes. It's interesting that polydactylic is so common. I asked my mom why she had them removed and she said the extra toes made it to difficult for me to walk and she also wanted to save me from childhood torment from my peers. Polydactylic can also be hereditary. My mom and uncle (her brother) were both born with this Polydactylic disorder. I did alittle research and found that polydactylic was a indian trait that symbolized " the chosen one " or someone special. It also stated that some Indian tribes used this trait to identify themselves.
Posted by Sheniqua Williams  on  Sat Jan 07, 2006  at  11:34 PM
I was also born with 12 fingers, and 12 toes. I too found that it was interesting, and when asking my mother about it she said that she wanted to spare me from the humiliation from my peers. Now that I am more open about the situation, more people are telling me that they wish I should have kept them. I believe that the right thing was done. I was also under the impression that this trait was hereditary, and if I had kids, they would have it too. Has anyone done any research to find any truth to this hypothesis. I just had a son that was born, and I am questioning weather or not it is mine based on a few different reasons including the fact that he doesn't have any extra fingers or toes.
Posted by Anthoney Wilson  on  Thu Jan 19, 2006  at  09:42 AM
:):) You definitly shouldn't use that as a determinig factor of paternity because i have 2 other siblings and i was the only one that was born polydactylic. Therefor your 1st born may not have it but there's a greater chance you next child would ! But i would perfer not to have any kids with this trait.
Posted by Sheniqua Williams  on  Wed Jan 25, 2006  at  11:37 AM
I know that it shouldn't be a deciding factor. I guess in some cases you could say it to be true. I just got paternity results back from the DNA Diagnostics Lab and it turns out that the baby is not mine. So I guess in this instance I was right!
Posted by Anthoney Wilson  on  Tue Jan 31, 2006  at  04:20 AM
Hi, I am on this sight because my sister had her baby, which was a boy. My nephew has 8 toes on one foot and 5 toes on the other. I would like to know if someone could explain to me what is this. I know that my nephew will not be able to wear shoes. His toes are fully formed their is no deformity. Can someone help me and my sister. Oh and by the way my nephew is only 2 days old.
Posted by Denise Green  on  Wed Feb 01, 2006  at  04:53 PM
Sheniqua, while I would support your right to make that decision for yourself, it makes me sad that we judge people who are different so harshly and treat them so badly that they would choose to steal uniqueness from the world in this way.

I mean, this is not a deleterious mutation like Huntingdon's is; And those with this gift who also possess musical ability have been lionised before and hopefully ( As in the movie GATTACCA ) always will be - Mozart and Chopin wrote violin and piano pieces especially for polydactylic musicians, and at present these beatiful pieces cannot even be heard.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Thu Feb 02, 2006  at  12:45 AM

I'm not sure what you wanna know about your newphews condition. I know it's called polydactylic. I don't know much about it but it is hereditary. If you have questions about me and my moms experience with this abnormality i'll be happy to answer them. Just email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) when ever you have questions!
Posted by Sheniqua Williams  on  Sun Feb 05, 2006  at  09:22 PM
Hi, I just found this site. I was born with 12 fingers and 12 toes. My mother was born with 12 fingers and her father had 12 toes. My daughter, thankfully was not born with any extra digits. I was just wondering if anyone's scars were sensitive to the weather or being bumped. Mine tend to ache when it's too cold or I get shooting pains along the sides of my hands or feet if there bumped. Just wondering if anyone else had these problems.
Posted by Jane  on  Thu Jun 01, 2006  at  01:50 PM
My daughter is two months old and she was born with one extra toe and a skin tag (the skin tag looks as if she was going to have another toe, one with out bones). I felt the same way as the mother from oregon, I thought the doctor was making a joke and that my family was going along with it.
The truth is that on one foot she has the extra toe and on the other foot she has the skin tag. I was worried at first, because I didn't want anyone to think less of her but now I know that it doesn't take away from her beauty, it adds to it. And I want to thank people that share their stories, so that moms like me can see how common it is.
Until now I didn't know where it came from, but my family has Cherokee descendants, and one article I read here mentioned it was an Indian trait.
Posted by Donna in Indiana  on  Mon Jun 19, 2006  at  06:07 AM
my brother has 6 toes on one foot, he has a limp. do you experience this problem ??
Posted by kitty  on  Sun Dec 24, 2006  at  03:57 PM
I recieved a couple of emails and I just wanted to respond to them. I was born with 12 fingers and toes, but they were removed when I was a couple months old. I don't have any problems walking or using my hands, but the scars are very sensitive. A light bump will send pain along the side of my foot or hand. I do have a few problems buying shoes. I still have a joint in the sides of my feet so I need to find shoes that are wide. I run, but have never had any problems. When I was in high school in my science class my teacher was talking about genetic traits passed from one generation to the next. A classmate that knew my family and about my extra digits mentioned it. Suddenly everyone was going on about inbreeding and asking if my parents were siblings. That is the only time in my life that I have ever regretted having extra digits. Since then I have accepted what I have and been proud of it.
Posted by Jane  on  Sun Feb 04, 2007  at  09:53 PM
That is one reason I wanted my daughter to look normal, so that others wouldn't make fun of her. She is very beautiful and I thought that this abnormality would make other people be mean and ugly to her. I sometimes look down at her feet and miss her two extra digits. But I know her life will be better now.
Posted by Donna Higginbotham  on  Sat Feb 10, 2007  at  05:51 AM
Hi Folks
I was born in 1943 with six toes on each foot and an extra finger on my left hand. The finger was removed when I was a few days old. I still have the toes and have had a lot of fun with them. They are normal looking and most people don't notice them when I am barefoot. Just
have wide feet. Two of my children inherited the gene from me. My son had 12 fingers and 12 toes. my youngest daughter had 12 toes and a tab(mole like) on her left hand. My son has twins the little boy was also born with the full set 12 AND 12. The little girl does not have it. My daughter
has two children that inherited the gene with full sets and two that did not. My grandmother was Chickasaw and the genetists seem to think that is probably the source. The toes are a lot of fun at a party if someone doesn't know and wants another drink..... I just suggest they count my toes to make sure they are not impaired. It's suprising how many folks think they have had enough and never mention the extra toes. There are so many really bad birth defects that an extra toe or finger or two is really not a big deal.
Posted by Linda Davis  on  Mon Feb 26, 2007  at  02:28 PM
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