In labour with my daughter and she came out naturally within a few hours – complete opposite of her big brother that took 22 hours before emergency caserean. They said congrats your baby girl looks healthy and well. I had a cuddle she was so gorgeous. Then they took her over to the table to clean her up and the nurse had another look at her hand and noticed she had an extra little thumb on her right hand. When we went for our initial checkup with the doctor he said she could move it, it had all the joints and so not to worry about it as yet. 6 months went on and both thumbs began to grow and I began to become concerned about how her second thumb was curling into the main one she used. I was referred to a specialist at the Childrens Hospital. He couldn’t operate for another 6 months but he assured us that it should be fine and when he removed it was hopeful she would have full use of it. At 16 months we got her hospital booking paperwork. We took her down and she was whisked in for reconstructive surgery. It was the longest 4 hours of our life just waiting for her to come out. The specialist had to remove ligaments from both thumbs to make one thumb. It looked plump and had a huge scar down it. 8 weeks after surgery we went back down to the hospital for her post-op check up. The specialist was very happy with how she was moving her thumb. We were told her thumb would always look a bit different but was working as it should. Her scar down her thumb is a reminder of the extra little piece she used to have. We may have to re-operate on her thumb as she gets older as she grows but for now she is a healthy little girl and that’s all that matters.
Posted anonymously, 31st July 2014