Meet this Brazilian family of 14 with 12 fingers and toes

Known as the De Silva's from Brasilia, the family recently welcomed a baby boy born with the same genetic abnormality.

Meet this Brazilian family of 14 with 12 fingers and toes
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New Delhi: It might sound shocking to you but a 14-member family in Brazil has something unique as they all are born with 12 fingers and toes.

Yes, it's true.

Known as the De Silva's from Brasilia, the family recently welcomed a baby boy born with the same genetic abnormality.

This type of genetic syndrome is called Polydactyly and it affects one out of 1,000 people.

"There are a variety of mutations that result in this condition but in the case of just having extra fingers and toes, then we’re looking at a misexpression of a gene which normally results in the patterning of your digits," Genetic Scientist, Dr Laura Lettice told The Sun.

Adding, "If either your mum or your dad has extra digits, then you stand a 50/50 chance of getting the same type."

The De Silva’s are a thriving bunch and say their extra digits are an asset, that have made them better musicians and in sports.

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