The reincarnation of a Hindu goddess has been suggested for a newborn baby born in India with 26 fingers and toes.
The little girl, who was born in a hospital in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, in northern India, has six toes on each foot and seven fingers on each hand.
Her family, who are reportedly deeply rooted in their spiritual beliefs, are reportedly delighted and have publicly referred to her as the reborn version of Dholagarh Devi, a well-known local deity whose temple is close to where the girl was born, even though doctors have described her condition as a genetic anomaly known as polydactyly.
The deity is depicted as a young girl with many arms in statues.
The baby’s mother, named Sarju Devi, 25, is said to be delighted. Her brother, who has not been named, told local media: “My sister has given birth to a baby who has 26 fingers, and we are considering it to be the incarnation of Dholagarh Devi. We are very happy.”
The baby’s father, Gopal Bhattacharya, is a police constable in the Central Reserve Police Force, and he is also said to be very happy.
Dr BS Soni, a medic at the hospital where the baby was born, said: “There is no harm of any kind in having 26 fingers, but it is a genetic anomaly. The girl is otherwise absolutely healthy.”
It is unknown at this time whether the family intends to operate on their newborn girl to shorten the number of fingers on each limb.