06/06/2012 16:10 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Baby Born With 12 Toes Is A Gift, Says His Proud Mum

A baby boy born with 12 toes - an extra one on each foot - has been called a 'gift' by his proud mum.

Deirdra Malone gave birth to her son Bobby Jr two months ago and she didn't immediately notice the additional two toes.

12 toes

Bobby Junior won't have have surgery to remove the extra toes on each foot for his condition, called polydactyly, as they are all healthy and perfectly formed.

Like all new mums, Deirdra thought her 8lb 2oz son was perfect when he was born at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, Tennessee. And amazingly no one in the delivery room noticed his extra toes.

It was only when staff gave Ms Malone a souvenir copy of her son's footprints that she noticed he had 12 toes.

12 toes

She told local TV station "And I looked and I said, 'One, two, three, four, five...six?'"

"I said, "Six? No.'"

So hospital staff and the mother began to count the boy's toes to find six toes on each foot.

"I was like, What? 12-toed baby?"

Doctors called the case rare because the extra toes shouldn't cause any health problems for the baby. Deirdra thinks her grandfather might have had an extra toe.

Proud mum Deirdra said:


It's a gift and that's how I look at him - as a gift. Maybe he'll be a football player...or a track player or something


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