A Chinese man born with nine toes on his left foot has undergone a life-changing operation to remove his extra grades.
Only known as Ajun, he spent his childhood avoiding social interaction and was too embarrassed to ask a girl for a date.
The self-confident 21-year-old even threw away his sandals and felt worthless and & # 39; imperfect & # 39 ;, according to local reports.
He has now been given a new life after doctors have undergone surgery to free him from the four extra toes that had burdened him for two decades.
Ajun described his heavy school days and said: & # 39; I have stopped wearing sandals since my third year of primary school.
Ajun, 21, from Lufeng City, South China, was born with a serious malformation that caused him to suffer with nine toes on his left food
An X-ray shows smaller figures that sprout from normal toes and a lack of a big toe
Ajun challenged his superstitious parents to undergo surgery in the Shunde Heping surgical hospital with Dr. Wu Xiang (photo showing Ajun the new foot)
& # 39; I have never had a girlfriend because I am so imperfect. I never thought I'd find someone who wanted to be with me. & # 39;
The superstitious parents of Ajun did not want him to have their toes removed because a fortuneteller told them they were a good omen.
He suffered from the condition for so long because of the stubborn faith of his parents that it was a & # 39; gift from heaven & # 39; used to be.
Ajun said: & # 39; They were superstitious, so they didn't deal with it. They thought that if it looked really bad, I could just cover it with my shoes. & # 39;
When returning an adult, Ajun, from Lufeng City, South China, however, it was determined to get rid of the malformation and seek medical help.
Photographs and X-rays of his pre-surgery foot showed doctors the severity of the deformity.
Smaller figures jumped in strange places between his normal toes. And he also missed a big toe, instead exposing two smaller toes in a & # 39; v & # 39; form.
Because of the strange deformity, Ajun refused his youth to wear sandals and was too embarrassed to ask a girl out on a date
Doctors at the Shunde Heping surgical hospital in Foshan spend nine hours forging a new big toe and chopping off the extra
The team surgically choked a new big toe and Ajun said he was happy with the results of the operation
WHAT IS POLYDACTYL?
Polydactylia is a birth defect that occurs when a person is born with extra fingers or toes. It affects approximately one in every 700 to 1,000 births worldwide.
During the sixth or seventh week of pregnancy, the & # 39; paddle hands and feet divide & # 39; of the fetus in fingers and toes. Polydactylia occurs when the & # 39; paddle & # 39; splits too often.
The extra numbers can vary from a nubbin to a complete, working finger or toe.
Usually the finger or toe is smaller than the other numbers and poorly formed. When fully formed, it contains all normal bones, blood vessels and nerves.
Polydactyly is thought to occur randomly, but this may have a genetic element or be linked to an underlying condition. The condition is usually noticed on an ultrasound.
Surgery to remove the extra numbers usually occurs when a child is one or two years old. Because of this they have to stay behind with a hand or foot that works and looks normal.
Dr. Wu Xiang, of the Shunde Heping surgical hospital in Foshan, said: & it's very rare to see that such & # 39; n serious malformation has not been treated in a 21-year-old patient. & # 39;
His team worked on Ajun for nine hours, forged a new big toe and cut off the extra.
Dr. Wu said: & # 39; Other hospitals would have just removed his outer extra toes.
& # 39; That would have been the easiest solution, but it would not look the best.
& # 39; His most natural looking toe is on the outside, so we decided to migrate him in to his most ideal position, replace his fifth digit, and create a new big toe. & # 39;
Ajun, who is recovering at the hospital and will be discharged in the coming weeks, said: “Now I feel great. I am very grateful to Dr. Wu Xiang.
& # 39; I think my foot is perfect. He showed me pictures of my foot after the operation and I am very happy. & # 39;
Dr. Wu added: & # 39; For children born with malformations, it is best if they are examined three months after birth.
& # 39; Surgery can take place from one year, but no later than six years. In principle, every moment before they go to school is fine.
& # 39; This is better for the child's psychological well-being, but previous operations also lead to better recovery results. & # 39;
Polydactyly is the scientific name for having extra numbers on hands and feet.
It occurs in one in 700 to 1,000 worldwide and occurs during the sixth or seventh week of pregnancy, with the & # 39; paddle hands and feet & # 39; from the fetus into fingers and toes.
Polydactylia occurs when the & # 39; paddle & # 39; splits too often. The extra number can vary from a nubbin to a complete, working finger or toe.
His left foot now looks normal and the 21-year-old recovers in the hospital before being discharged in the coming weeks
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