This little piggy went to the market. This little piggy stayed at home. This little piggy had roast beef. This little piggy had none. And this little piggy went… hang on. How many piggies has this guy got???
Nine. Yup. Nine toes on one foot. Ajun, from Lufeng City in South China’s Guangdong Province, held off surgery for 21 years thanks to his parents believing his deformity brought good luck.
He said: “They were superstitious, so they didn’t deal with it. They thought if it really looked too bad, I could just cover it with my shoes.”
Not too taken with the whole “They’re a gift, who cares about the constant pain?” Ajun sought medical help.
His doctor, Wu Xiang, said: “It’s very rare to see such a serious deformity having not been treated in a 21-year-old patient.”
Doctor Wu added: “Other hospitals would’ve just removed his outermost extra toes. That would’ve been the easiest solution, but it wouldn’t look the best.
“His most natural-looking toe is on the outside, so we decided to migrate it inwards to its most ideal position, replacing his fifth digit and creating a new big toe.”
The team at the hospital spent nine hours in surgery creating Ajun’s new left foot, and it was all worth it.
He said: “I stopped wearing sandals outside since my third year of primary school. I’ve never had a girlfriend because I’m so imperfect. I never thought I’d find anyone who wants to be with me.
“Now I feel great. I’m very grateful to Doctor Wu Xiang. I think my foot is perfect. He showed me pictures of my foot after surgery, and I’m very happy.”
Ajun is currently recovering at the hospital and is expected to be discharged in the coming weeks.
Doctor Wu said: “For children born with deformities, it’s best for them to be examined three months after birth.
“Surgery can happen as early as one year old, but no later than six years old. Basically any time before they start school is fine.
“This is better for the child’s psychological well-being, but earlier operations also lead to better recovery results.”