Man With 9 Toes on Single Foot Undergoes Surgery in South China

By Barnaby Lofton, November 6, 2019

0 0

Living in South China, you can enjoy warm weather almost year-round, which means it’s basically always sandals season. Unfortunately for one man living in the county-level city of Lufeng in Guangdong province, sandals – and even social interaction – have not been an option since primary school. That’s because the 21-year-old, identified in media reports as Ajun, was born with polydactyly, a severe deformity that left him with nine toes on his left foot. 

According to the Daily Mail, Ajun’s parents are superstitious and were told by a fortune teller that the extra digits were a “good omen.” As such, they did not support the removal of the extra toes – instead believing their son could cover them up with shoes.

Once Ajun reached adulthood, though, he defied his parents and decided to undergo life-changing surgery in Foshan to remove the extra toes. As seen in the photo above, Ajun lacks a big toe and instead has two smaller toes in its place.

Image via Guangzhou Daily

The medical team from Shunde Heping Surgical Hospital in Foshan spent nine meticulous hours operating on Ajun, creating a new big toe while removing the extra digits. Surgery on such a complicated, delicate body part like toes requires microsurgical techniques, as blood vessels, nerves and tendons must be cut through and around. 

Dr. Wu commented on the procedure by saying, “Other hospitals would’ve just removed his outermost extra toes. That wouldve 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.”

READ MORE: Farmer unable to afford surgery amputates his own feet

Dr. Wu shows the results from surgery. Screengrab from

Dr. Wu also remarked that it is rare to see such a serious deformity on a 21-year-old. He advises that children with deformities should be examined around three months after birth, and be operated on between 1 and 6 years of age. Operating at an earlier age – before the child starts school – is better for their psychological well-being in addition to better surgical results. 

Image via Guangzhou Daily

Ajun is happily recovering in the hospital now and will be discharged in the coming weeks. “Now I feel great. Im very grateful to Dr Wu Xiang. I think my foot is perfect. He showed me pictures of my foot after surgery, and Im very happy,” Ajun said.

READ MORE: Man Gets Glass Cup Stuck in Ass in Guangzhou, Requires Surgery

[Cover image via Guangzhou Daily]

more news

Here's When Guangdong Schools Will Reopen

Teachers will be able to return to their schools one week prior to students.

Guangdong Releases New Quarantine Regulations

Nucleic acid testing is required for overseas arrivals to Guangdong, and will be provided for free.

Guangdong Requires Travelers to Undergo 14-Day Quarantine

The health commission said that the rule was made to combat the spread of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Guangdong Schools to Remain Closed, Online Classes Start March 2

Online class will be in session starting March 2, with the exception of kindergarten and special education schools.

Guangdong Lowers Public Health Emergency Level As New Cases Drop

Guangdong government has lowered the province’s public health emergency level from Level I to Level II.

Free Rent a Possibility in Guangdong Due to Virus

A proposition by the Guangdong Apartment Management Association to waive rent in February, and to halve rent in March and April.

Man Shoves Bottle Into Anus to Treat Constipation in Guangdong

There appears to be no shortage of people in Guangdong willing to shove foreign objects up their anus to relieve constipation.

Guangdong Cracks Down on Unqualified Foreign Teachers

The new rules come in response to increased complaints by parents that teachers lack proper credentials, with some said to be on tourist visas.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsShenzhen for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shenzhen With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's PRD!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.