Hong Hong's condition is called polydactyly, or polydactylism. While it's not uncommon (affecting one in every 1,000 births), Hong Hong's parents were shocked because they'd had prenatal tests done ”” his mother also has the condition.
He's too young for surgery at the moment, and because he was born without thumbs, the surgery will require much more than just the removal of his extra digits. Hong Hong's thumbs will have to be completely reconstructed. That could make it much more expensive than Hong Hong's family can afford.
Hong Hong's parents began raising money on the internet through online donations and made some progress that way, but they'd stopped crowdfunding due to some mixed comments they've received. For now at least, Hong Hong is too young for the surgery. Doctors recommend he be operated on when he is between six months and one year old. Here's hoping the little guy finds the help he needs!
Unlike Hong Hong's family, every da Silva was born with the same number of extra digits. And they use their polydactyly to their advantage! It makes it easier to strum guitars and to be the goalie on the soccer field.