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Topic: Extra (08/29/13)
TITLE: A Surprising Similarity
By Barbara Caldwell
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I was born with a congenital defect known as polydactyly, this means that a baby has been born with extra fingers or toes. The cause for this is not always known. Sometimes it is caused when the fingers or toes split during gestation, which usually happens around the sixth or seventh week.
Many people are not aware of polydactyly. But it is probably the most common abnormality of development. It has been reported that five children in 10,000 are born with an extra finger or toe. This condition usually runs in families, but as far as I know, I’m the only one in my family.
No one notices the tiny raised area on the side of my hands, unless I show them. I rarely bring it up in a conversation, but when I do people find it to be interesting. My extra fingers were on the side of my little finger. I had six fingers on each hand.
In my case removal of the fingers was easy, because they were made of soft tissue. In other cases the extra finger has soft tissue and bone, with no joint. This makes removal more difficult. The doctor removed my extra fingers by tying a string around them, and they simply fell off.
As a young adult I was amazed to learn that I had something in common with giants. 2 Samuel 21:20 (KJV) describes a giant that had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot. This fact was really surprising to me.
My similarity with the giants proves that “there is no new thing under the sun” as stated in Ecclesiastes 1:9b. (KJV) I don’t know why I was born with extra fingers. However, I’ve found it to be more common than most people think.
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