The parents of a baby born with 26 fingers and toes in India have dubbed her the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess.
The small girl, who was born in a hospital in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, in northern India, has seven fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot.
While physicians have labeled her condition as a genetic oddity, her family is said to be overjoyed and have publicly referred to her as the reincarnated incarnation of Dholagarh Devi, a well-known local deity whose temple is close to where the girl was born.
Statues of the deity reveal she is a young girl with several arms.
The baby’s mother, named as Sarju Devi, 25, is said to be delighted.
Her brother, who has not been named, told local media: ‘My sister has given birth to a baby who has 26 fingers, and we are considering it to be the incarnation of Dholagarh Devi. We are very happy.’
Gopal Bhattacharya, the baby’s father, is a police policeman in the Central Reserve Police Force and is claimed to be overjoyed.
‘There is no damage in having 26 fingers, but it is a genetic aberration,’ said Dr. BS Soni, a medic at the hospital where the infant was delivered. Otherwise, the girl is perfectly healthy.’
It is unknown if the family intends to have their baby girl undergo surgery to lessen the number of fingers on each limb.
The baby’s birth comes just a few weeks after a traveller left his fellow plane passengers horrified when he slipped off his shoes and socks, revealing his extra toe.
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