Boy born with two extra thumbs doesn’t mind as it helps him win video games

A 12-year-old boy was born with an extra thumb on each hand.

Faizan Ahmad Najar has congenital condition hexadactyly, meaning six digits, which affects just one in around 1,500 births.

Senior doctor Mushtaq Ahmed said: "It is a not-so-common birth defect. Even if parents are 'normal', this can still happen to their offspring."

This makes Faizan different to other children – but he sees this as a positive as having twelve fingers means he's better at playing cricket and playing video games than his friends are.

His pals react very positively to the condition too – with some comparing him to Krrish, the star of a popular Bollywood superhero film series.

Faizan from Sheeri Baramulla, in the Kashmir region of northern India, said: "I feel proud about it. There is no shame – it is God's will. “

Faizan added: “Sometimes, but not often, I think, 'Why only me?'. But overall, I have some good friends in school who keep me from feeling that way."

The schoolboy’s family are equally supportive of him.

His mum Hafeeza revealed the family were offered surgery when Faizan was young, to remove his extra digits – but they were worried it would bring him 'bad luck'.

"When he was two, we were told that our son should go under the knife," she said.

"But we consulted a saint about it, and he told us our son might lose his eyesight if he was operated on – so we did not consider undergoing surgery."

Hafeeza, who is also mother to an eight-year-old boy who wasn’t born with any health defects, wants her kids to go far in life.

Speaking about Faizan, she added: "I want to see him go a long way and excel in his life."

Faizan has big plans for the future – he wants to support others who are born with conditions.

He revealed: "I want to become a doctor. I want to treat patients who are born which such malfunctions, so that nobody can bully or taunt them.

"Luckily, I have not faced much of that as I live in the countryside."

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